I was definitely in the mood for something lighter. My gym mojo is on a bit of a hiatus at the moment and baking is having is undesired consequences. So, I thought – meringues! Okay, packed with sugar, but no fat.
But plain old meringues – not much Cakeyboi magic in that. So, how could I pimp my meringues? Lemon I thought, nice and refreshing. But then I felt like adding some white chocolate too – so I have completely defeated the purpose of making meringues in the first place, but hey these little beauties do taste good enough to make up for that!
You might be wondering where the cookie part comes into this, but in America it seems, meringues are considered cookies. In my Martha Stewart Cookies book there are recipes for meringue cookies. It’s just us Brits that think they should be filled with cream and eaten as dessert!
If you are in the mood for a puckery, tart, sugary confection with a hint of white chocolate running through it – look no further…
Yield: 36 meringue cookies approx..
6 egg whites, room temperature
225 grams granulated sugar
1 teaspoon lemon extract
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Zest of one lemon
100 grams white chocolate, finely chopped
Preheat the oven to 100C. Line to baking sheets with greaseproof paper.
In the bowl of a mixer whisk the egg whites on low until they get frothy. Add the extracts and turn the speed up to medium. Slowly add the sugar and when fully added crank the speed up to full, beating until the egg whites are stiff and glossy.
Carefully fold in the lemon zest and white chocolate and transfer to a piping bag, fitted with a nozzle big enough for the pieces of chocolate to pass through.
Pipe the meringues onto the prepared baking sheets and place them into the oven for one hour, not opening the door in that time. After the hour, turn the heat to 75C and continue to bake for another 2 hours, or until completely dry.
Let the meringues cool for 30 minutes before peeling them from the paper.
Very easy I’m sure you’ll agree! And they taste crunchy, citrusy and sweet all at the same time. Enjoy…