Intro: Egg-squisite Meringues
Make amazing meringues that taste and look good!
Step 1: Ingredients
1 cup of sugar
4 large egg whites (make sure that you only have whites, and no yolk)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Lemon or orange zest (optional)
Food coloring (optional)
Small sauce pan
Heat the oven to 225 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2: Boil Sugar
In the small sauce pan, heat sugar and 1/2 cup water over low heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid reaches 248 degrees on a candy thermometer. While you're doing this, stir occasionally to prevent it from burning.
Step 3: Beat Egg Whites
While you're boiling the sugar, in a large bowl, whip the egg whites on low speed until you can make small peaks out of the whipped eggs, about 5 minutes (see picture).
Step 4: Add Sugar to Egg Whites
When the sugar has boiled and the egg whites are whipped, increase the beater speed to high, and slowly pour the boiled sugar into the eggs, while mixing the eggs with the beater. If you want to add lemon or orange zest, or food coloring, put it in once you've poured the sugar in. Only put a drop of food coloring in.
Step 5: Beat More
Beat the vanilla into the eggs and sugar. Beat the liquid meringue until cool and stiff (for about 5 minutes).
Step 6: Shaping the Meringues
Spoon some of the meringue into the icing bag, and make sure to close the top of the bag off. Squeeze the meringue onto the baking sheet to make any design you want.
Some ideas: Rabbits, eggs, mushrooms, Easter baskets, letters
Step 7: Cooking
Bake until dry and slightly crisp, about 1 1/2 hours.