They are super simple and require minimal ingredients.
You start with;
2 fresh, room temperature egg whites
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup of sugar
Add the egg whites, salt and cream of tartar to a bowl and start beating.
Start adding the sugar a little at a time, beating in between additions until the peaks become stiff and the meringue is shiny.
|Limey mumbles something about "Dante's Peak".|
When it's ready, you scoop it into a piping bag (or a Ziploc) and pipe little meringues onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Pop them in the oven at 180F for however long it takes to dry out. I forgot about mine for 40 minutes or so and they were ready when I checked.
*Don't make these on a humid day.
These are good as is but you can play around with the recipe a bit. If you add food colouring or flavourings, up the tartar amount or the meringue will be too wet and the peaks won't hold up. You can also add crushed candy canes to the piped meringues for a festive touch and/or dip them in melted chocolate once they are done.
Meringues whip up really quickly and this recipe makes about 24 small candies. The kids were sneaking them all day so I'll be making another batch to stick in the freezer for Christmas.