So I though for today I would include a very simple recipe… only four ingredients including the dipping chocolate. Just be sure to factor in the lengthy baking time before committing to these, or you’ll be pulling a late night to get them done.
On to the ingredients:
- 4 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp Vanilla
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate
Step one is to separate out the egg whites. You can use an egg separator (fancy) or simply crack the egg and pour the whites of the egg into a bowl while holding the egg yolk in the shell. Discard the shells and egg yolks unless you’re in the mood for crème brûlée or perhaps a nice Hollandaise sauce.
Measure 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar and set aside. Now we start beating the egg whites at a low speed. After a minute increase the mixer to a medium speed and beat until frothy. Start adding the sugar, a little at a time, as you continue mixing at a medium speed. This process will take approximately 15-20 minutes for the mixture to become stiff. The mixture should appear shiny and form soft peaks when the mixer is removed. Add the vanilla and continue mixing until it is evenly blended.
Prepare your baking tray using either butter and flour, parchment paper, or tin foil and cooking spray. You can either spoon the mixture directly onto the tray or use a piping bag to obtain a smoother shape. At this point you can go ahead and preheat the oven to 175 degrees.
Once the oven is ready, bake the meringues for approximately 2 hours until firm all the way through. This time may vary based on the size or consistency of your meringues. I would begin checking them at 1 1/2 hours. The only real way to check for doneness is the taste test, so go ahead and try one. Once finished, remove from the oven and allow them to cool fully.
Now begin melting your chocolate using either a double boiler or a microwave method until fully melted. Once the meringues have cooled, dip the top half in the melted chocolate and set aside to harden.
There you have it, authentic French meringues with a twist. Light, fluffy, and delicious. Enjoy!