We’re so close to Christmas and I’m in such a baking mood! Around this time of the year I would love to try every cute Christmas recipe I see, but usually one or two will be the most realistic, time wise. This year I discovered meringue for myself and decided white meringue would make perfect little snowmen. I used the basic recipe kindly provided by the amazing Meringue Girls (HERE). If you don’t know them yet, check out their mouth watering website.
So perfect snowmen weren’t actually my goal as I wanted to bake something that could make my family laugh, so I decided to make them look like they are melting. The fruit paste you see is from my natural food colouring post (HERE) which gives them a beautiful fruity pink glow on the inside. Have a look at my pictures of the process and find the detailed recipe below as usual. Give them a try, they are delicious!
Melting Meringue Snowmen
- 70 g egg whites
- 140 g sugar
- 1 tsp fruit paste (optional)
- 1/8 tsp dark chocolate
- 1/8 tsp white chocolate (plus orange colorant of your choice)
- BASIC RULE: You will always need twice the amount of sugar relative to the egg whites. So in this case I am using 70g egg whites, so I need 140g sugar.
- Preheat oven to 200 C. Spread the sugar on a tray and bake for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. When done, add the warm sugar spoon by spoon. Keep whisking for about 5 minutes until you can feel no more sugar grains between your fingers.
- Add flavouring of your choice. I used pureed and reduced fruit from my previous post about natural food colouring.
- Fill your piping bag. Put it in a glass to stabilize it. Cut off the tip and start piping.
- It helps to pipe a bit of the mixture underneath the edges of the baking paper to prevent it from moving. Start piping your snowmen.
- Bake them at 100C for 2 hours and 10 minutes.
- Use melted chocolate and a toothpick or a brush to decorate your snowmen. I used Aperol to colour my white chocolate orange. Be creative, Done!