Chocolate and Hazelnut Meringue Kisses

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Sweet Treats | 2 comments

Chocolate and Hazelnut Meringue Kisses

I’m a little obsessed with meringues at the moment, and though my technique is far from perfect – I envisage rows of uniformly pert and pretty meringues and instead end up with a higgeldy-piggeldy heap – I enjoy making them and experimenting with flavours. As this particular batch was for a gift, I opted for a classic combination of hazelnut and chocolate and made mini meringue ‘kisses’.

It’s been a hectic week – I’ve just finished my job and I’m moving house at the weekend, so it’s been packing chaos. I was also interviewed for Gourmandize – a fun new foodie website. You can read my interview here.

Gourmandize

Anyway, in a dilemma of what to get as goodbye gifts for people at work, I decided to make a batch of mini meringues and divide them up into pretty packages – problem solved!

Like so many things, meringues are not as difficult to make as they first appear. Meringues is simply a mixture of egg white and sugar – it  just needs a good beating and a long time in the oven. To start with, you whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks, then add the sugar a little at a time, whilst continuing to whisk. The mixture should be stiff – hold it upside down over your head and if you end up covered in it, you didn’t whisk it enough!

At this point, you can fold in any flavours and colours that you like, or just leave it plain. To get it into a piping bag without ending up in a sticky mess, it’s a good idea to put the piping bag into a tall glass or cocktail shaker and fold the edges over – it makes it really easy to get the meringue in. Then chop off the end and pipe onto a lined baking tray. That’s where my tips end, since making pretty meringues, as stated above, still evades me!

Chocolate and Hazelnut Meringues

Meringues need a relatively cool oven and then need to be allowed to cool in the oven once it has been switched off. So the work time is low, but don’t plan on using the oven to make dinner half an hour later – meringues are fussy things and don’t like being disturbed.

Once cool, they can be eaten with cream or ice cream, or wrapped up and given as gifts – continuing the ‘kisses’ theme, I wrapped mine in pink tissue paper and finished with a heart-shaped tag.

Now I just need to keep practising to get them looking perfect!

Mini Meringues

Chocolate and Hazelnut Meringue Kisses
Yields 15
Mini Meringues perfect for giving as gifts!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 egg whites from medium eggs
  2. 100g caster sugar
  3. 2 tsp cocoa powder
  4. 3 tsp chopped hazelnuts
  5. 3 tsp dark chocolate flakes
Instructions
  1. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and preheat the oven to 140C.
  2. Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks, then slowly add the sugar, whisking all the time. The mixture should be stiff and glossy.
  3. Gently fold in the remaining ingredients, then spoon into a piping bag.
  4. Cut off the end of the piping bag and pipe small circles of meringue onto the baking tray, leaving a decent space between each.
  5. Put into the oven and turn down the temperature to 120C. Bake for 30 mins, then turn off the oven.
  6. Leave the meringues in the oven until the oven has cooled completely.
  7. Sandwich together with cream, or add to ice cream for a decadent dessert.
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2 Comments

  1. I love meringues too! :-) I remember I was a bit meringue obsessed when I was a teenager and made them for EVERYTHING. :-) Yours are so cute. :-) Off to read your interview now. :-)
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  2. I’m a little bit obsessed with hazlenut right now (thanks Frangelico) so this recipe sounds perfect

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