MERINGUE KISSES

MERINGUE KISSES (about nine dozen)

Desserts, meringues, meringue kisses 1 Desserts, meringues, meringue kisses 3 (2)

 

8 large egg whites

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 cups superfine sugar

 


 

1. Put racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat the oven to 175*. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Beat whites with salt in a bowl of a stand mixer at high speed until they just hold stiff peaks (or make meringue in 2 batches with a hand-held mixer). Gradually add sugar, beating at high speed until whites hold stiff, glossy peaks.

3. Spoon half of meringue into a pastry bag and pipe 1 inch wide kisses about ½ inch apart onto one baking sheet. Spoon remaining meringue into pastry bag and pipe more kisses onto second sheet in the same manner. (All kisses will fit onto 2 baking sheets).

4. Bake meringue until crisp but still white, about 2 hours.

5. Turn off oven and cool meringues in oven for 1 hour, then cool completely on baking sheet on a rack. Meringues keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

NOTE: These are a great addition to fruit in a chocolate fondue dessert on Valentine’s Day. You also can pulverize a peppermint stick and mix it into the meringue before it is piped for a Christmas treat.

 

from The Gourmet Cookbook

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