Meringues are a delicious and pretty easy to make dessert. They have a crispy exterior and a soft interior, and a rich taste. Not to mention that after cooked, you can break them up and use the dust as a topping. Or you can just take the meringues mix and pour it over other desserts. So learn how to make meringues, because it is so worth it!
They are loaded with sugar, indeed. But meringues are delicious on that one day when you can afford to let go of the diet and indulge yourself. They are basically made from foamy egg whites and sugar, but their final consistency after ready is unparalleled. So let’s pamper ourselves and learn how to make meringues!
How to make meringues in 9 easy steps
1. Gather your ingredients and equipment
You will need some eggs, three bowls to crack them in, and some sugar. You will need about 1/4 of a cup of sugar (50 grams) for every egg white. So if you use four egg whites, use a cup of sugar, too.
As for equipment, a mixer will do. Let’s not complicate things with a simple whisk, because your arms will get tired pretty fast. Don’t forget a baking sheet and some parchment paper.
2. Separate the eggs
You will only need the egg whites for the meringues. So crack the eggs, store the yolks somewhere for other dishes and keep the whites in a large bowl. Be careful not to drop any yolks in there.
3. Beat the egg whites
Make sure that the bowl and your mixer’s whisks are not greasy in any way. Start at a low speed to build up a foam. Then increase the speed of the mixer.
4. Reach stiff egg whites
Continue to beat the egg whites, faster and faster, until the whites reach a stiff consistency. They can hold up their form on their own. And if you turn over the bowl, nothing drips out!
5. Start adding sugar
Add a tablespoon of sugar at a time and whisk the sugar in, until the consistency of the mix is even. Then add the next tablespoon.
Once you’ve finished adding the sugar, the mix should look glossy, almost like shaving foam.
6. Preheat the oven
Preheat the oven to 230ºF/110ºC.
7. Prep the baking sheet
Line the baking sheet with some parchment paper.
8. Form the meringues
Use a spoon to form the meringues on the parchment paper. You can form little swirls on the top of the meringues if you wish.
9. Pop in the oven
Pop the baking sheet with the meringues in the oven. And let them cook for about one hour, but check on them, to make sure they don’t get burned. They should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom. That’s how you know they’re ready.
Keep them in an airtight container, if you want them to taste as good!