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Mini Meringue Kisses Recipe – Back to Basics by Kevin Dundon

Here is a super easy recipe for creating a fun, light dessert. When making the meringue mixture,
it’s important to add an acid element after the sugar has been incorporated. I use vinegar, but lemon juice could be used instead. It helps ensure a crisp outer crust and a soft, chewy centre.

Makes 12–15

Ingredients

3 large egg whites, about 100g (4oz) in total
200g caster sugar
1⁄2 tsp cornflour 
1⁄2 tsp white wine vinegar
1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract
150ml double cream, whipped
12–15 strawberries or other summer berries, halved if large
Icing sugar, for dusting (optional)

Method

Preheat the oven to 120°C/250°F/gas mark 1⁄2. Line a baking sheet with nonstick baking (parchment) paper.
Put the egg whites into a spotlessly clean bowl and whisk on full speed until they form stiff peaks.
Reduce the speed of the mixer and add the sugar a little at a time, beating thoroughly. When all the sugar has been incorporated, add the cornflour and vinegar and whisk again on high speed until the mixture is glossy and stays put when the bowl is turned upside down.
Fold in the vanilla extract to flavour the meringue, then spoon the mixture into a piping (pastry) bag fitted with a 1cm (1⁄2 inch) star nozzle (tip).
Pipe 24–30 walnut-sized blobs of meringue on to the prepared baking sheet, making sure they do not touch one another.
Bake for 25–30 minutes, until firm to the touch but still soft in the middle. I normally leave mine to cool in the oven with the door ajar.

Carefully lift the meringues off the paper and sandwich them together with some whipped cream and berries. Serve within a few hours of making, dusted with icing sugar (if using).

 

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