Food For Thought – Meringues

“Comedy just pokes at problems, rarely confronts them squarely. Drama is like a plate of meat and potatoes, comedy is rather the dessert, a bit like meringue.” -Woody Allen

I love meringue cookies. Made well, they melt in your mouth.

Ingredients 

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions 
Preheat oven to 200F. Place the rack in the center of your oven. Cover a baking sheet with wax paper.

In a bowl, beat the egg whites on medium speed until foamy.

Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat the whites until they hold soft peaks.

Add the sugar a little at a time and continue to beat until the meringue holds very stiff peaks. Beat in the vanilla extract. The mixture shouldn’t feel gritty.

Use a pastry bag (or I just used two spoons) and drop 2 inch round cookies onto the baking sheet.

Bake for 1 1/2 hours. Leave to dry over night.

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