Monday, February 13, 2012

If you need a simple and just adorable recipe for Valentine's Day, you must try this meringue recipe.

These cutesy Red and White Meringue kisses are easy to make. It's just one of the recipes I've been teaching in my Valentine's Day baking classes this past week. Basically, you are just working with egg whites and granulated sugar and a bit of food coloring.

For best results:
  • Always work with room temperature eggs.
  • Use a clean metal bowl. Wipe clean to remove any traces of oil that could prevent your egg whites from whipping up fully.
  • Preferably, use a disposable pasty bag because the food coloring may discolor it otherwise.
I'm sure you're sweetheart, children or best friends will appreciate these tasty minty treats.

What are you baking for tomorrow?

Afiyet olsun!
Plain meringue kisses just as spectacular as the dressed up version below.
Red and White Meringue Kisses for Valentine's Day
Yields: about 65 1-inch kisses

3          ea.        (90 g.)              egg whites from large eggs
1/4       tsp.                               cream of tartar
3/4       c.         (175 g.)             granulated sugar
pinch                                       salt
1/4       tsp. or to taste                mint extract (nane essence)

Tools:  small paint brush, pastry bag with large star tip and red food coloring paste

Preheat the oven to 200 F/100 C. Line the cookie sheets with baking paper, set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites together with the cream of tartar and salt until frothy.

Then, gradually add all the sugar, about 2 Tablespoons at a time, beating on high speed until the meringue forms stiff peaks. Add in the mint extract toward the end.

Take a small paintbrush and brush 4 thin stripes of red food coloring paste on the inside of the pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch open star tip. Fill the bag with some of the meringue. 

Working close to the tray, hold the pastry bag straight up and down and then pipe the kisses about 1-inch apart on the tray.

Bake for about 90 minutes or until the meringue appears dry, and are the kisses are firm. Store in an airtight container; they will stay fresh about 3-4 days.

Optional: drizzle with melted dark or semi-sweet chocolate.
If you like the combination of mint and chocolate, simply drizzle your finished meringues with melted chocolate.

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Alida said...

My goodness!These look so professional. Lovely little valentine treats!It must be very interesting to live in Istanbul and Turkish cooking is delicious.
Great blog.

Joy said...

@Alida, thank you and welcome! Well, I've been baking professionally for nearly 10 years so I'm happy to hear these treats look good. ;-) Yes, Istanbul certainly is a lovely city to live in!

Kelly said...

Hi Joy! These look amazing! Can you tell me what the Turkish name for cream of tartar is, or is this something we need to get from home?

Becca Ramspott said...

Yum, these look great! I love the ones with the little stripes, too. Very cute. I might make these for Matt. : )

Joy said...

@Kelly, Bilgi at No. 51 in the Mısır Çarşısı carries the "krem tartarı." I used to bring it back from the US but now she has it in bulk. You just have to ask for it as it's not in one of the main spice bins.

@Becca, depending on how much food coloring paste you use will effect the coloring. Usually, the first ones you pipe out are a lot brighter than the ones toward the end. =)

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!