My daughter, Heidi, hosted a party this week and I made some goodies for the refreshments. I made green tea (matcha) cookies that required 3 egg yolks. So, I had 3 egg whites left over and because I hate to throw anything away, I decided to make Johanne's meringues.
You will need:
3 egg whites (preferably room temperature)
1 teaspoon water
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla (if you use white vanilla or vanilla powder it will keep the meringues white)
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup sugar
In small mixing bowl (with beater attachment), place egg whites and all ingredients EXCEPT sugar. Beat at medium speed until frothy and medium soft peaks appear. With mixer running, gradually add sugar a tablespoon at a time. Continue to mix at high speed until very stiff peaks appear. You need to be sure that the egg whites will stand up at this point on their own or else they will not bake properly.
Now for the fun part. You will need a piping bag and a piping bag tip. This is a reusable piping bag but you can buy disposable piping bags at your local craft store.
Take a baking sheet and cover it with parchment paper. Pipe meringues directly on the parchment paper and bake in a 250 degree oven for 1 hour. You can taste test one of the merginues at this point. They should be dry and only a tiny bit soft in the center. If you wish, you can turn off the oven and open the door and have them sit there a few minutes so that they will continue to dry out.
Let them cool completely before serving. I sprinkled some fairy dust on half of them and some cocoa powder on the other half...
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