Monday, September 5, 2011

Walnut and Brown Sugar Meringues

Did I mention how much I loved the brown sugar meringue topping on those Mud Hen bars?  I mean, really loved......

Well, I found myself with a ton of extra egg whites after making the pastry cream for the Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes last week.  In the past I have just tossed the egg whites, but I would rather not be so wasteful.  I figured what better way to use them up than trying to make some Brown Sugar Meringues?  I had never tried making meringues before, but figured it couldn't be too hard.....afterall, it's not like there's too many ingredients......egg whites, sugar, and whatever else you decide to put in them.

After checking Google for a good recipe to try, I decided on trying this one from butter sugar flour.  She also had some great tips on getting the perfect meringue, such as using room temp egg whites, adding sugar a teaspoon at  a time, and for every egg white you use, you will need to use the same amount of sugar as the egg weighs (60g of sugar for a 60g egg).

You're going to bake these in a very low oven (250 degrees) until the meringues are crisp to the touch (mine took about 40 minutes).  Then, you turn the oven off, but leave the meringues in there with the door slightly ajar until everything has cooled.

Do you like your meringues completely crispy (like the ones that you'll find at Trader Joe's), or do you like them slightly chewy on the inside?  I kind of prefer the ones that are a little chewy inside.....kind of tastes like a flavored marshmallow.  I don't know which one is the proper result.....I found that the smaller meringues that I made ended up crispy thoughout, and the larger ones felt crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside.  I guess it's just up to you, what do you like?

The only downside to this one was that after I had finished these, and thought that they tasted great, I proudly handed one to the hubby, only to have him say "meh......they're ok".  What??!!??  They're delicious, what are you talking about??  Well, turns out he doesn't like meringues at all.......he doesn't like that meringue texture thing.  Oh well.......you'd think after 12 years of marriage I would have known that he doesn't like them.......guess you're always learning.

Check out butter sugar flour for the recipe.....and Enjoy!!

This post is linked to:
Monday, Mmmmm....Dessert
Tea Party Tuesday
Crazy Sweet Tuesday
Tuesday Talent Show
Tasty Tuesday
Cast Party Wednesday
These Chicks Cooked
Full Plate Thursday
Sweet Treats Thursday
Turning the Table Thursday
Show Off Your Stuff
Bake with Bizzy
Sweet Tooth Friday
I'm Lovin' It
Friday Favorites
Friday Food
Sweets for a Saturday
Sweet Indulgences Sunday

13 comments:

  1. here from Joy of Desserts link up...this is a GREAT idea thanks for passing it on, will check out the blog!

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  2. Wow, these are stunning! I'm heading over to Butter sugar flour to check out....

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  3. Walnut. :(((( I want this so bad! Would literally steal a bite if I get a chance.

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    call Bangladesh

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  4. These look delicious!!! I'm glad you decided to try them! I will too.

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  5. I would have gotten the same reaction from my husband. He doesn't like meringue anything, not even on pies. Me? I could eat them every day! I'll definitely be trying this!

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  6. I am in meringue heaven over here. Yum!

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  7. I LOVE meringues made with brown sugar! Yours look beautiful!

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  8. I don't remember coming across a walnut meringue before, but I love it. It would be a nice flavor. Don't want to sound like a know-it-all, but I know the answer to this one, so if it can be of help ... Italian meringue is soft, and French meringue is crunchy. They are two different ways of making meringue.
    Thank you so much for linking at Joy of Desserts. I always enjoy your posts, Kirsten. :-)

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  9. Kristen,
    Your Walnut and Brown Sugar Meringue's are just awesome! Hope you are having a great week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  10. I like chewy on the inside. These look beautiful and I love anything that involves brown sugar! Delicious! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

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  13. Now I really want to try to make brown sugar meringues! They are beautiful. Thanks for sharing with Crazy Sweet Tuesday.

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