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Five tips to perfect your meringuey desserts

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Everyone knows the right way to your crush’s heart is through their stomach… so go ahead and romance them not with flowers, but with the perfect meringue-based desserts.

East London’s sweet treat queens, The Meringue Girls, have the tips and tricks to ensure your next meringuey number is not only delicious, but crunchy, aesthetically gorgeous, and most importantly – memorable.

Perfecting your meringue-based desserts

1. Heat then beat

Before you start making your meringue mixture, heat your sugar in the oven at 200°C/390°F for 7 minutes. Once the sugar has heated through, add it to your stiffly beaten egg whites. This helps to stabilise the foam.

2. Mind the liquid additions

Don’t add too much liquid or oil to your meringue mixture. It will go floppy and you won’t get those lovely peaks. Choose dry flavourings, colourings and additions instead.

3. Add ‘freeze dried’ for flavour

Using freeze dried powders is a great way of adding concentrated colour and flavour to your meringue mixture. Freeze dried fruit powders won’t affect the consistency of your meringues, and have a super sour note that works brilliantly with the sweet meringue. You can find everything these days from the basic strawberry and raspberry flavours, to the more exotic pomegranate, and durian.

4. Go wild with adornments

Meringues have got to look great to make you want to eat them. To make wow-worthy meringues, top them with all manner of sprinkles before baking. We love to smother our pavlova shells with honeycomb, salted peanuts, popcorn, coconut… whatever you can think of.

5. Add creamy to make it dreamy

Meringues are very sweet and most people struggle to eat them on their own. It’s so important to always serve your meringues with something creamy to balance out the sweetness. You could choose anything from plain cream to coconut yoghurt, labneh or even creme fraiche.

Find out more

Read more about The Meringue Girls and the inspiration behind their dessert-based business.

Recipes to try

Try out Editor-in-Chief Rachel Khoo’s recipe for French meringue kisses.

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Find out more

Read more about The Meringue Girls and the inspiration behind their dessert-based business.

Recipes to try

Try out Editor-in-Chief Rachel Khoo’s recipe for French meringue kisses.

Find out more

Read more about The Meringue Girls and the inspiration behind their dessert-based business.

Recipes to try

Try out Editor-in-Chief Rachel Khoo’s recipe for French meringue kisses.

Everyone knows the right way to your crush’s heart is through their stomach… so go ahead and romance them not with flowers, but with the perfect meringue-based desserts.

East London’s sweet treat queens, The Meringue Girls, have the tips and tricks to ensure your next meringuey number is not only delicious, but crunchy, aesthetically gorgeous, and most importantly – memorable.

Perfecting your meringue-based desserts

1. Heat then beat

Before you start making your meringue mixture, heat your sugar in the oven at 200°C/390°F for 7 minutes. Once the sugar has heated through, add it to your stiffly beaten egg whites. This helps to stabilise the foam.

2. Mind the liquid additions

Don’t add too much liquid or oil to your meringue mixture. It will go floppy and you won’t get those lovely peaks. Choose dry flavourings, colourings and additions instead.

3. Add ‘freeze dried’ for flavour

Using freeze dried powders is a great way of adding concentrated colour and flavour to your meringue mixture. Freeze dried fruit powders won’t affect the consistency of your meringues, and have a super sour note that works brilliantly with the sweet meringue. You can find everything these days from the basic strawberry and raspberry flavours, to the more exotic pomegranate, and durian.

4. Go wild with adornments

Meringues have got to look great to make you want to eat them. To make wow-worthy meringues, top them with all manner of sprinkles before baking. We love to smother our pavlova shells with honeycomb, salted peanuts, popcorn, coconut… whatever you can think of.

5. Add creamy to make it dreamy

Meringues are very sweet and most people struggle to eat them on their own. It’s so important to always serve your meringues with something creamy to balance out the sweetness. You could choose anything from plain cream to coconut yoghurt, labneh or even creme fraiche.

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