Valentines Meringue Kisses

Despite this holiday being around since the 5th century, lovers still celebrate to this day!

In recent years many people have opted for alternative celebrations like Galentine's Day on the 13th February, created to celebrate your best female friends. Which has resulted in many males campaigning for Malentine's day but what are people doing to celebrate?

Overpriced, tightly packed restaurants and disposable gifts that conventionally increase in price for this special day has become less desirable for most couples. So what's a good alternative? Baking!

Baking has fast become a favourite pastime for many Londoners seeing a major boost with the help of shows like The Great Bake-off and Creme De La Creme. The city has seen a number of trendy bakeries popping up around the city providing a large variety of baked goods and alternative new brunch spots. The rise in consumer understanding, supporting British suppliers and the constant rise in sustainability, allergy and dietary requirements have also fulled this rejuvenated trend.

Homemade creativity might just be the way to show love to your partner or friends this Valentine's, Galentine's or even Malentine's, so why not true our meringue kisses below?

Ingredients


3 large egg whites at room temp

A dash of salt

1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 cup superfine sugar

2 teaspoons of  Champagne.

(Champagne can be substituted for sparkling cider to make these alcohol free)

Instructions


  1. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Prep a piping bag with tips of choice. I used 2. Wilton star tip (4B) & Round tip 12.
  3. Add egg whites and dash of salt to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on medium until foamy.
  4. Add cream of tarter, increase speed to high and beat in sugar a small amount at a time.
  5. Add the champagne.
  6. Beat on high until stiff peaks form (around 6 minutes).
  7. Transfer meringue to your piping bag, and pipe kisses onto your parchment paper about 2 inches apart. Dip a skewer into the pink colouring and swirl it into the meringues to make a marble effect. 
  8. Bake for 1 hour on the top rack, then turn off the oven and keep the meringues put for about 2 hours to dry out.
  9. Once dry remove from oven.
  10. Store in a cool dry container until ready to serve.