Monday, 31 October 2011

Meringue Ghosts



Happy Halloween!

Halloween is one of my all time favourite times of year, coming just after Christmas and my birthday in the pecking order. I have such fond childhood memories associated with Halloween. When I was little we used to have epic Halloween parties every year. We lived in a pretty rough neighbourhood so my Mum didn't like the idea of us trick or treating, so she would pull out all the stops and invite all of our school friends round to party it up!

My Dad would play Michael Jackson's Thriller on repeat all night, it was on LP rather than tape or CD so it involved a lot of standing by the record player and lifting the needle back and forth. Those were the days eh?
I remember my sister would always go as a witch and I would go as a vampire, to be honest it was probably just one year but that is the one that stuck in my head.

The food was always classic kids party fayre, sausage rolls, mini sandwiches, crisps, and a cheese and pineapple stick creation made from half a melon and some tin foil...Remember those? Awesome.
One day when I have kids of my own I cannot wait to plan parties and pull out all the stops!

This weekend I decided to get all Halloween in the kitchen and made meringue ghosts and cupcakes. Unfortunately I will not be blogging about the disastrous cupcakes, needless to say they were so bad I actually threw them away! *shudder*

The meringue ghosts on the other hand were a triumph...

and will be going on my regular bake list, I am thinking snowmen for Christmas, pink hearts for valentines, eggs or bunnies for Easter... Expect to see a lot of meringue in my future!


They are so incredibly easy to make! I got the recipe for the Baking Week website.


Meringue Ghosts

Ingredients:
100g caster sugar
2 egg whites

It really is as simple as this...

I whisked the egg whites until they were at the "soft-peaky" stage, which took around 3-4 minutes with an electric whisk.

Slowly added the caster sugar in around 3-4 stages, while continually whisking.
The mixture started to look glossy, once the mixture can form stiff peaks it is done!

Fill a piping bag, I used a star nozzle but any type would work.

Pipe your shapes onto some greaseproof paper and bake for around 1 hour at 80-100°C

I used melted chocolate and a tooth pick to draw on the faces.


With my second batch my oven was a bit hotter, so I cooked for a shorter time. The meringues did crack a bit, but they were chewy rather than crisp. (which I think I preferred.)

What Halloween treats have you been concocting?

9 comments:

  1. these look awesome! my meringue attempts have been disastrous so I might have to give this recipe a go!

    http://sweetiebeecakeandcrafts.blogspot.com/

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  2. I love this idea, so simple but just perfect!

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  3. Those are really really great! I love the idea of meringue-based Halloween goodies. There was a recipe in a magazine just this week for 'bone' meringues with a strawberry puree type thing as the 'blood'!

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  4. your ghosts are so cute! What a cool idea. I also had a bad cupcake experience at the weekend. I decided to make marble cupcakes but they didn't rise at all!

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  5. Those are so cute. I am intrigued to know what happened to the cupcakes

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  6. LOVE these!!! They're so cute!!!

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  7. So cute! I don't like meringue but think they would be worth making for the cute factor alone. I didn't end up making anything Halloweeny this year - was meant to be doing pumpkin cake pops but they were a disaster! Lovely blog :)

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