If you haven’t noticed by now, I have a massive sweet tooth. I love dessert. And when that dessert is fat- and calorie-free? Even better. Meringue is awesome! Of course, the whole thing is basically made of sugar, so I wouldn’t go so far as to call it healthy… But, hey, close enough.
What’s a meringue anyway? Well, there’s the meringue cookie, which is usually a swirly-looking, crunchy, airy cookie. It may be slightly chewy on the inside, and crumbles easily when you bite into it. There’s also the kind of meringue that is used as a topping for cakes, pies, and the like: it’s soft and smooth.
That’s not really important–when you’re biting into this delicious confection, you’re probably not thinking, “Man, those Swiss bakers rock!” What you might be thinking is, “Wow, this is so yummy.” Or possibly, “What is this even made of?” And if you’re the baking type, you might ask, “Is this difficult to make? Can I do it myself so I can have more whenever I want?”
I went through all the latter thoughts–yes, even the one about making them, though I am totally not a baker. So I looked up some recipes ( a vast number on the Interwebs) and it seems that there’s a certain technique to it. Meringue is made by whipping sugar and egg whites together. According to Serious Eats, humidity and the amount of beating can affect the outcome of your meringues. One day I may try it, but for now, I’ll enjoy my store-bought ones, which are really quite excellent.
Because there are so few ingredients (though some bakers include cream of tartar, lemon juice, chocolate, and, during our recent cruise, a variety of nuts on top), meringues are an inexpensive, light, and almost guilt-free dessert.
Have you tried baking meringues before? How did they turn out?
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