Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Meringue Kisses

I often get stuck with lots of egg whites from making ice cream or custard. Usually I try finding a way to get rid of them that isn't as obvious as a plain meringue (like pavlova nests or chocolate chip meringues), but sometimes I really enjoy a basic, sweet meringue. These are so easy, especially if you have a hand mixer or something similar, and look adorable. You can pipe all kinds of shape from this basic recipe for any occasion.

If you want to flavor these in a different way, you could substitute the vanilla extract for a different flavor. The vanilla flavor is really subtle in this recipe and compliments the sweetness of the meringue. Personally, I love this recipe the way it is, but you could use it as a basic meringue recipe and tweak the flavors from there. Consider gently folding in some chopped nuts, instant espresso powder, or chopped chocolate. The possibilities of meringue flavors are endless, but this is a great starting point. Or, if you’re like me, just enjoy the sweetness of these meringues the way they are.

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