Peppermint White Chocolate Meringues

Peppermint White Chocolate Meringues

Vijaya Selvaraju

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White chocolate peppermint meringues decorated with holiday colors are everything you want in meringue and more.

Peppermint White Chocolate Meringues

Ingredients

  • 4 large egg whites

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

  • Red and white gel food coloring

  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

  • 2 peppermint candy canes, crushed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees, and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Whisk egg whites and salt until foamy, then add cream of tartar. Continue to whisk until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar a spoonful at a time until stiff, glossy peaks form. Whisk in the peppermint extract.

  3. Fit a pastry bag with an open star tip, and fold back the top one-fourth of the bag. Dip a paintbrush into the red food coloring, and paint 3 evenly spaced lines inside the bag. Repeat with the white food coloring.

  4. Gently fill the bag with the meringue, placing the meringue as close to the middle as possible to avoid the colors mixing.

  5. Pipe 1-inch-diameter circles onto the baking tray spaced 1 inch apart. Top with a few white chocolate chips, and pipe a mound of meringue to cover the chocolate. Sprinkle each mound with crushed peppermint candy canes.

  6. Bake for an hour or until meringues are dry, crisp and light. Turn oven off, open door and allow to cool completely before enjoying.

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- Sleigh bells are ringing, which means it's time for the holidays. I love this time of year because it's a perfect opportunity to share a sweet treat with a friend or loved one. And these guys are amazing. These are white-chocolate-peppermint meringues. They're everything that you want in a meringue and more. Let's make them. To make meringue you need eggwhites, and I have four of them, and they're at room temperature because when they're at room temperature they whisk up a lot quicker. In they go. And a secret ingredient to whipping up eggwhites is a little bit of cream of tartar. And to break them up a little, another secret ingredient, a little touch of salt, you guys. Then we're just gonna whisk these up until they form soft peaks. All right, now that my eggwhites are nice and fluffy and opaque, I'm gonna start introducing the sugar. We're gonna add in the sugar a tablespoon at a time. We're gonna whisk it up until it becomes nice and glossy and we get these nice stiff peaks. That looks just perfect. Now, because they're peppermint-white-chocolate meringues, we're gonna have to add a little bit of peppermint extract. I'm going in with about half a teaspoon. And that's it. The cool thing about these meringues is that they're gonna be multicolored. This is a really really interesting technique. I have a bit of gel food-coloring in both green and red, and we're just gonna paint some stripes along the side of a piping bag. Get your gel coloring. It's really important that you use gel. This is not gonna work with conventional food coloring because this is gonna stick to the meringue. Just paint your stripes nice and even down the side of the bag. I'm gonna do three red and three green. OK, I have beautiful stripes of green and red food coloring. Now I'm gonna fill my piping bag with our meringue. You don't really wanna disturb those lines. So try to drop the meringue, to the best of your ability, towards the center of the bag. Let's see how I do. You might get the colors mixing just a touch, but it's not a big deal. Give it a shake. Already you can see those colors coming to life: the bright red, the green, and the white looks super pretty. I'm just gonna do a test pipe. Ooh, how pretty are those? I love the color, and that's what you get when you use gel food coloring. Now you gonna just take a few white chocolate chips, press them into the middle, and then we're gonna cover the white chocolate chips with a little more meringue. These meringues are peppermint-flavored, and to hint at that I'm gonna sprinkle on top of them a few crushed-up candy canes, and that's gonna add a little bit of crunch and just put these meringues a little over the top. These are ready to go into the oven. I have it preheated at 250 degrees. These are gonna bake up for about an hour, until they're nice and airy and crisp. And then, after that, I'm gonna turn off the oven, open the door, and let them completely cool to room-temperature. And they're done. I couldn't be happier. Look at how amazing they look, the colors: the white, the red, the green. Shall we give it a taste? I think so. I wish you guys were here to eat this with me. For now, I'll eat it on your behalf. Mm! I love meringues 'cause they just melt in your mouth. Light, airy, and crisp, this is the perfect holiday treat. Ya gotta make them.

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