I love meringues. They are so light and airy and relatively speaking a fabulous little dessert or treat you can’t go wrong with.
A few weeks ago I needed egg yolks for something (right now I can’t remember what) so I decided to take the egg whites left over and make some Salted Chocolate Meringues instead of freezing them for later. I really loved the result!
The fun thing about things like this is you can switch them up a bit. You could add a bit more, or a bit less cocoa, as well as salt, and end up with something different each time.
Meringues get a bad wrap as being hard to make, but they aren’t. You simple beat your egg whites and ingredients until you have relatively hard peaks, pipe or spoon the mixture out on to a lined baking sheet and bake for several hours until the meringues are “dried” out. It’s simple, you just prepare and walk away, checking them here and there. I love easy treats!
What You’ll Need:
4 egg whites
2/3 cup of organic cane sugar
1/4 cup of cocoa, sifted (Note: One of the few time I actually sift anything.)
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoons of fluer de sel or other sea salt (Note: More if you like things really salty, less if you don’t.)
1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar (Optional)
Preheat oven to 225 F.
In a large mixing bowl mix together all ingredients until incorporated. Beat mixture on medium to high until slightly stiff peaks form:
You don’t want to have this too soft or too hard. You want it where when you pull your beater(s) up you end up with a nice firm peak, but it’s ok if the tips droop a bit as well.
Now it’s time to get the “meringues” on a baking sheet!
I like to put the meringue in to a large pastry bag with a flower tip and squeeze them out into a flower like design:
You can also place teaspoon or tablespoon sized dollops on to the baking sheet if you don’t want to mess with a pastry bag. Or how about using a round tip and piping out little meringue “bowls” and bake them to fill with fruit for an easy little dessert.
Bake in a preheated oven for 2-3 hours or until meringues have “dried” out and are not sticky to the touch:
Let cool and then serve or store in an airtight container.
Notes: No notes for this one.