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Meringues

  • Desserts and Fruit
A classic dessert that can be served with ice cream or eaten alone as a light snack.
Liguria

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz egg white, about 2 egg whites
  • 4 oz sugar

Preparation:

Separate the egg yolks from the whites and place the whites in a bowl with high edges. Start beating the whites with a whisk, gradually sprinkling the sugar into the whites.

Using a whisk, either electric or hand held, being whipping the mixture until if forms soft peaks.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place spoonfuls of the mixture on the sheet (or use a piping bag to shape the meringues), with a generous amount of space between them. Bake in a 175° F oven for a couple of hours, or until the meringues have dried out.

Food History

Made with simple and commonly found ingredients, meringues, according to legend, are believed to be shaped like the body of a young princess. Popular throughout most of Europe in the 18th century, this delicate sweet was likely invented in the Swiss town of Meiringen by a pastry chef with Italian origins, Mr. Gasparini. Story has it that Gasparini was in love with the daughter of the Polish king and created meringues in her honor.

Did you know that...

Louis XV, King of France, was a meringue lover?

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