Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Ghostly Meringues




In case you didn't get the memo, let us be the first to tell you that Halloween is tomorrow! Yes, that's right, it's the funnest day of the year! A tradition in our house is to carve our pumpkins a few days before the big day in order to enjoy seeing them lit up all week long in our front porch. Last night we took advantage of an empty evening schedule and carved away. 



Michael went the scary route and carved a skeleton face while Cristy carved a cute "Trick or Treat" message on her pumpkin. Our home is the perfect balance of spooky and nice during Halloween to accommodate both of us. 

Our Ghostly Meringues are also a mix of the best of both of us! They are spooky-looking, but they taste sooooo nice! These meringues are so light and airy that you will mistaken them with real ghosts (but they taste a whole lot better!) They are crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. You will love them! They make perfect snacks for pumpkin carving night too!

Ingredients:
4 large egg whites
1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of white vinegar
1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch
3 tablespoons of powered sugar
A few drops of water
Black food coloring

Kitchen Essentials:
KitchenAid mixer with whisk attachment (or large bowl with hand mixer)
Measuring cups and spoons
Spatula
Oven
Baking sheets
Parchment paper
Piping bag and round tip
Small bowl
Toothpicks

Prep:
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place rack in center of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Directions:
Beat the egg whites on medium high speed until they hold soft peaks. Slowly add the sugar and continue to beat until the meringue holds very stiff peaks. Sprinkle vinegar and cornstarch on top of the meringue and fold in with a spatula.

Place the merengue in the piping bag with the round tip already in it and get rid of the air bubbles by carefully bouncing the bag up and down for a few seconds. 

Pipe the meringue in the shape of a ghost by making a 2-inch circle, then a 1-inch circle and then a tip at the end to form the head of the ghost. 


Continue to make as many ghosts as possible with the merengue that you have. You may need to use two baking sheets to fit them all.

Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes. Take them out of the oven and allow them to cool completely. Next, mix the powered sugar, water and black food coloring in a mall bowl and mix. It should be as thick as glue. If it is too watery, add more powdered sugar. If it is too thick, add more water. 



Dip the tip of the toothpick in the frosting and make dots for the eyes of the ghosts. Allow the dots to dry for a few minutes before handling. The cooled meringue can be made and stored in a cool dry place, in an airtight container, for a few days. 








32 comments:

  1. oh my favorite, they look so yummy! thanks for the share!

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  2. Those meringue ghosts are adorable!
    Happy Halloween!

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  3. Such a cute and do-able Halloween treat!!! It looks like your house will be the place to be tomorrow!!!

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  4. wow guys this is awesome, how cool are your pumpkins!! I am so impressed. Love the scary meringues too.But the pumpkins are out of this world

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  5. Super adorable!! And looks like you guys had so much fun doing this! Happy Halloween!! xoxo

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  6. Happpy Hallowen.Have so much fun.. !!!������

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  7. Cute meringues and lovely decorations! Happy Halloween.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  8. I love all your pretty and fun Halloween decorations...you guys went all out!...the most adorable and perfect meringue ghost I have ever seen...seriously! Happy Halloween!

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  9. I love your pumpkins and ghosties!

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  10. Dear Cristy and Michael, I love your house. It is welcoming, cheerful and just beautiful! I would eat those treats like potato chips, (you can;t eat just one!)
    p.s. please stop by for my 100 Cookie Cookbook giveaway.

    Blessings and a hug, Catherine xo

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  11. These little Meringues are soo cute!
    Simple, easy to prepare and adorable.

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  12. Boy! You two really know how to do Halloween! Nice job! And the ghosts are way cute! ~ David

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  13. These little ghosts are so cute! What a fun idea for Halloween. Your house decorations look amazing! I think the "trick or treat" pumpkin is my favorite!

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  14. these are awesome and you two are so so cute

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