This year was finally the year I nailed making french meringue and quite frankly, I couldn’t be happier!
I didn’t realise until finally getting it right, how ridiculously easy it actually is to make. I don’t know why I struggled so badly but hey, we’re here, we’re baking batches of meringue regularly and that’s exactly what I’m sharing with you today – A smooth, glossy batch of french meringue with a sprinkling of christmas.
Don’t get me wrong, I personally think every bake I make brings festive joy to all but these meringue pops defiantly get you feeling all types of christmassy! These may be simple but they are eye catching… especially for the little loves in your life.
I did have the little ones in mind when baking these but honestly, I think these pops will be a hit with the adults also. I mean, Who could possibly pass on a perfectly made meringue AND it’s on a stick? Believe it or not, these meringues being on a stick really did sell it to a lot of people haha.
Talking of the sticks, this is completely optional. I personally added the sticks as i thought it was something completely different to anything I’ve made before but if you’d prefer to have the meringues as cookies, that’s perfectly fine too. I can guarantee they’ll still be a hit!
So, if your looking for a something completely different to share with your loved ones this Christmas, get your baking gear on and I’ll talk you through the steps to this recipe below:
Category: Sweet Treats
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour
Cooling Time: 1 Hour
Overall Time: 2+ Hours
Ingredients You Need:
- 5 Egg Whites
- 340g Of Caster Sugar
- 3tsp Of Red Food Colouring
- 2tsp Of Green Food Colouring
- Red & Green Sprinkles
- Star Toppers
- 30g Of White Chocolate, Melted
- Short Lolly Sticks, https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/white-lollipop-sticks-10cm-50-pack/6414601000.html
How To Make Meringue Pops:
- Firstly, gather together your equipment and ingredients, line two large baking trays with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 120C / 100C Fan / Gas Mark 1.
- Secondly, separate your egg whites from the yolk, place the egg whites into your large mixing bowl and the yolks in a cup (TIP: do not get any yolk in with the egg whites otherwise the meringue won’t form).
- Next, in a sparkling clean bowl (TIP: this is a must! just to be sure it’s clean, you could take a little white vinegar on a piece of kitchen roll and rub around the bowl. this will take away any grease etc) add your 5 egg whites and using a electric whisk, beat the egg whites till they form stiff peaks.
- When the stiff peaks are formed, a tablespoon at a time, slowly add the 340g of caster sugar until all the caster sugar is mixed in and the meringue looks smooth and glossy (TIP: at this point, you should be able to turn the bowl with the meringue in, upside down and the meringue should stay put).
- Once achieved, separate the meringue into three separate bowls.
- Place 2tsp of green food colouring into one bowl, 3tsp of red food colouring into a second bowl and leaving the third bowl white. Mix in the food colourings until you reach your desired colour.
- Now, place the three different coloured meringue into three separate piping bags, each with a star shaped piping nozzle.
- To make the tree’s: using the green coloured meringue, start from the bottom with long lines and shorting them as you work your way to the tip, this will create a triangular tree shape. Sprinkle some festive sprinkles over the tree and top with a star.
- To make the santa’s hat: using the red coloured meringue, start from the bottom with long lines and shorting them as you work your way to the tip, to create santas hat shape. Then, using the white meringue, pipe a thick, long white line on the bottom of the hat and a blob of meringue on the tip of the hat.
- When you’ve created your christmas trees and santas hats, place the baking trays into the oven and allow to cook for 1 hour or until firm to touch.
- Once baked, turn the oven off, open the oven door slightly and leave the meringues to harden in the cooker for at least an hour, this will help them to dry.
- Now that your meringues have baked, leave on the baking tray to cook slightly before carefully taking the meringue off the baking trays onto a wire rack.
- Finally, dip the tip of the sticks into the melted white chocolate and press onto the back of the meringue. If you find it’s not sticking, using a teaspoon, dollop a little bit more white chocolate over the stick to coat both sides.
That’s my Festive Meringue Pops prepared, baked, cooled and ready for you to enjoy!
Seriously, how damn cute are these though?
I love how todays recipe turned out but what I really LOVE about todays recipe is that it only takes two ingredients to make the meringue. Therefore, it can be easily made on a budget which I know is important for a lot of people this festive season, myself included.
I will certainly be making another batch of these before Christmas. I may even change it up and make gingerbread men or reindeers! These meringues could be made into anything you like, the lists endless. Have fun & enjoy.
Let me know in the comments below if you make these meringue pops yourself and if you do, what your thoughts are on them. Did you love them as much as we did?
Sending you all tons of love & hugs as always,