Cream meringues

This recipe for cream meringues is a favourite cake recipe for many. This recipe for meringues makes 8-12 cream meringues for you to enjoy.

Ingredients (8 to 12 meringues)

  • Eggs (large): 3
  • Caster sugar: 200g
  • Double cream: 250ml
  • Pistachio nuts: garnish
  • Chocolate (optional): 40g

Getting everything ready

  • The most important thing about making meringues is to ensure that the bowls and whisk you are using are very clean and free from grease of any sort.
  • Separate the egg whites from the yolks, saving the yolks for another purpose.  Place the egg whites in a very large, clean mixing bowl.
  • Weigh the caster sugar.
  • Line a flat baking tray with a non-stick mat or non-stick baking paper.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 100°C (Gas Mark ¼).

Method

  1. Using a handheld electric whisk, whisk the egg whites until they begin to form soft peaks.
  2. Turn the whisk up to maximum speed and slowly begin to add the sugar a little at a time until all the sugar has been incorporated.  The meringue mix should now be nice and stiff and quite shiny.
  3. Fill a piping bag fitted with a large star tube with the mixture and neatly pipe out into about 8cm lengths onto the baking tray.  Wiggle the piping bag slightly as you go, which will give you a wider meringue and a pleasant shape.  You can, of course, pipe your meringues into other shapes if you prefer, such as circles.
  4. Put the meringues in the pre-heated oven and allow to bake very slowly for about 2 hours, until crispy and, with a bit of luck, a slight coffee colour.
  5. Turn the oven off completely and allow the meringues to cool while still in the oven.
  6. When required, whip the cream until it is thick enough to pipe.  If you are using them, chop the pistachio nuts and melt the chocolate in a bain marie.
  7. Fill a piping bag fitted with a star tube with the whipped cream and carefully pipe some cream all over the flat-bottom side of one of the meringue shells.  Gently sandwich together with another meringue shell and sprinkle over some chopped pistachios.  Spoon a little melted chocolate into a small paper piping bag, snip off the tip and neatly pipe the chocolate across the cream meringue.  Place the cream meringues in the fridge for a few moments to allow the chocolate to set.
  8. To finish, place the cream meringues in a nice paper case (muffin cases are ideal) and serve.

Cream meringues – hints and tips

Don’t keep meringues in the fridge for too long or they may lose their crispiness.

You can keep dry unfinished meringue shells in an airtight tin, where they will keep nice and crisp for several days.  Just finish them with the cream, etc. when required.

Don’t forget that the most important thing is to have very clean and grease-free equipment.

Cake baking tips

We have put together some great tips on baking cakes, which includes information on skills such as creaming margarine, how to whisk eggs and sugar, use of pastry and the use of yeast.

Watch how to make cream meringues

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