Right now A and I have been on a dessert a week mission. Sometimes A loves to help and sometimes he is less interested in helping and more interested in eating the finished product. Since meringues can be somewhat temperamental I decided to make them during his nap time. Although I did have a little helper:
The recipe is a Giada De Laurentiis. You can find it here. Her original recipe uses freeze dried strawberries, which I forgot to purchase at the store. However, any who knows me knows I am not afraid to try a substitute. Even if it fails! Which luckily this one didn’t. I had jet puffed mallow bits on hand instead. So my substitutions were:
1/2-3/4 cup mallow bits instead of 1 cup freeze dried strawberries
Remove 1 tbs of sugar from the called for 3/4 cup of superfine sugar
Make sure you whip those egg whites and sugar until they are stiff, like this:
And follow the baking instructions exactly. It takes a total of FOUR hours to make these (two with the oven on, two with it off), so pick a rainy day like I did, where you won’t be going anywhere :).
And then they will turn out fabulously! My husband and son loved them, I found them to be a tad sweet, but if you add some raspberries or a light raspberry sauce such as this one, the tartness helps cut the sweetness and then they are even better!