This recipe calls for three egg whites. With the remaining egg, I make salt-cured yolks. During my meringue mission, I learned three things:

  1. No yolk. Only whites;
  2. Something acidic will lead to the chewy inside;
  3. We do not bake meringues, we dry them. (Preferably overnight.)

These make teeny tiny meringue puffs that are hard on the outside with a little chew — not chewy chewy but there’s a little chew. Great for snacking and decorating cakes.

Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • 0,75 cups of caster sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla essence (optional)
  • a pinch of cream of tartar, or the juice of a lemon squeeze

Method

Step 1

A tip from Ottolenghi — heat the sugar in the oven at 100 degrees Celsius before you start.

To prepare, line a baking tray with baking paper.

Step 2

Separate the egg whites from their yolks and whisk them until semi-stiff peaks form.

Step 3

Keep the oven on, but remove the sugar. While still whisking the egg whites, pour in the sugar bit by bit (I use a tablespoon). Make sure the sugar dissolves in the mixture before putting in more. Don’t put all of the sugar in at once.

Step 4

If you have a piping bag, you can prepare your meringues with colour by painting food colouring on the sides of the bag. Then fill the bag with the meringue mixture.

Pipe little (2-3 cm) meringues onto the baking sheet. My technique is to keep the piping bag a little above the tray, squeeze until the meringue hits the nozzle, and then lift it directly upwards for a ‘drop’ look.

If you don’t have a piping bag, scooping the mixture with two teaspoons works also.

Step 5

Place in the oven for 1-2 hours. Sometimes I leave them for a few hours at a lower temperature (70 degrees or so). When they’re done, you’ll know because they will lift away easily from the paper.

Store in an airtight container, and enjoy.