mama’s easy peasy party recipe

On July 4th this year I started to blog my family recipes and stories for my family and friends. I am in another country from most of you.  It is not as good as sitting around a table and eating and yarning with you all but I feel a little closer to you documenting the stories and sharing my food this way, whilst taking you through the gates of our little farm for tiny tiki tours.   AND along the way I discovered that my family is growing and I am making new friends and renewing connections with my old friends!.  SO for you all .. (bow).. here is a 2 month blog birthday surprise.  Just in time for your labor day desserts and pre-spring picnics in jackets and hatties.  Drum roll please!! I believe TA DA is the appropriate word.  I made you MERINQUES!

Marvellous Merinques.  And they are so delish!  Oh no. Poor you.  What a mean gift. You cannot tap them or smell them or bite them to feel the crackle and then chew the melty bit inside.  What a cruel woman I am.  (chomp, chomp, lick fingers, swallow, smack of sugary lips).

However all is not lost. I do not have to smash them flat and send them in a card for you.  I will  show you how to make them.  And when you make an enormous mess, crunching your way through them, you can sing happy blog birthday, celi.  Now keep in mind that my mother spent years perfecting making merinques. So we must be respectful. Solemn faces please.  Like me she had a gas stove, but she found a way and I will share it with you.  And I heard a few of you have been bemoaning your fate at having an electric oven but the good news is merinques cook better using dry electricity.

Now this has been a heavily guarded secret family  recipe (though not as heavily guarded and secret as the pavlova)- so, ssshh,  don’t tell anyone.

They are remarkably easy and very fast in the prep.

  • 2  fresh egg whites
  • 4 oz (1/2 cup sugar) (pushed through a sieve)
  • 1 tsp baking powder.

I told you they were simple. That is your total ingredients list!

Whisk  egg whites until fluffy and proud.  With beater still going strong – trickle the sugar in as slowly as you can,  no – even  slower than that – add half the sugar and beat until peaky. Mix the baking powder with the last of the sugar and slowly FOLD this in. You are adding air.  Now with a teaspoon and a twist to get that dear little peak, pop little meringues onto a buttered and floured baking (cookie) sheet. 

Into the oven at 250 for 10 minutes then turn down to 150 for one to two hours (if they start to brown turn the oven down some more), until they move across the sheet when you push them and are hard on the outside.  Then turn the oven off.  DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR AGAIN.  Leave to cool in there.  When the oven is quite cold you can retrieve them, in an electric oven you can leave them in overnight!

I so look forward to seeing what you eat these little darlings with. They are wonderful with all kinds of desserts. But for me. I eat them with freshly whipped, heavy, whole, decadent, real, unsweetened whipped cream, (from a cow) using nothing but my sticky fingers and drinking a glass of cold fruity Sangria with lots of lemon from Kay.  See summer is not coming to an end!  No more of that talk!

Now, these are simple, but every oven will cook differently so sometimes you need to tweak the times and temps. But always turn off at the end and leave in there to cool. They store very well in a sealed container, or lovely glass jar.

Have fun. Have a great weekend.


59 Comments on “mama’s easy peasy party recipe

  1. I LOVE your meringues – they are just too pretty – them little dollops of yumminess. I have not made meringues using baking powder before – will definitely give it a whirl.
    Happy Saturday and 2 month blogoversary to you, Happy Saturday and 2 month blogoversary to you dear C.
    🙂 Mandy

  2. Extremely delicious recipe !!

    In Germany and Austria they are called Meringuen / Meringen or (the little bit smalle version) Baiser (which means: kiss) :-)))

    Dearest greetings from Lehrte near Hannover in Germany


    • Oh how lovely, may I call these Baiser now?.. the kiss!… thank you. Wonderful of you to drop in. Have a great weekend Regian, over there in Lehrte. c

  3. My husbands Aunt uses caster sugar in hers and split them in two putting in whipped cream between. I really am behind in my cooking the things the spouse grew up on. But not too sure about trying steak and kidney pie! ick

    • Hi, I love the whipped cream idea , my mum used to do that for our birthdays too and then drizzle melted chocolate on them. Wild. Oh pies are great. how about just a steak one, i also could do without the kidneys! my dad loved them.. c

      • If you happen to have a recipe for a pasty you will be my BBF forever! (bestest blog friend) I do make a pretty wicked lamb stew though now. Love your blog 🙂

        • well yes i do have a recipe for a basic cornish old one .. i shall put that on my list and i shall swap it for your lamb stew as i will be having lamb in the freezer in the not too distant future!! excellent.. c

  4. I’d forgotten how easy these are – I think I last made them when I was in my 20’s…and we will not discuss how long ago that was… Marking this for the Christmas Goodies folder!

  5. I do make meringues every so often and they usually are fairly successful but I like the baking powder tip…will have to give that a go, No decent cream here though which is a shame. Will have to buy myself a cow….

    • Oh do.. why not get one of those mini cows.. they are so cute, you could just store it in your gardening shed! perfect! c

  6. Just saying hello. The meringues look chic and delicate, I have never added baking powder to mine but I am going to try it next time. Happy two month blog anniversary and enjoy the holiday weekend.

    • Hey there, yes i am enjoying my weekend.. it is funny about the baking powder not being usual but it does add a melt in your mouth quality! you have a great weekend too.. c

  7. I’m definitely giving these a go! Oh love your flowery cups and jug too, beautiful!
    I am also new to this, I’ve posted a very long winded recipe up for my marmalade (also a link if you want the original, slightly less long winded version!)
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Oh thank you.. I do want to make marmalade again, i will be in california in november where there is lots of lovely citrus and I will take your recipe and make it over there.. thank you! c

  8. Love the little curls on the top, I’m not a big meringue maker but I’m intrigued too by the baking powder – Happy Birthday Cecila! I’m so enjoying your blog – can’t keep saying that, can I ? 😀

    • I thought the little curl were so dear, zeb. So sweet how they hold their original shape! I am loving that you are enjoying popping in. Are you and dog off for another walk today? c

  9. I did not know you were only blogging for two months!!! Happy two months!! I love meringues and this recipe looks delicious and those meringues are beautiful!! I also love the pictures!

  10. Oh, those Merinques look absolutely divine. I wish I could have one right now. And I’m so happy you loved the Sangria recipes. This is such a summer drink. And I won’t think of saying the end of summer 🙂

  11. I have a near similar recipe and its a cookie. Actually its a popular cookie in the Philippines called pasencia its actually meringue flavoured cookie.

    • Excellent. Well I look forward to seeing that recipe on your blog page! Pasencia makes a pretty sound when you say it. I look forward to that. thank you c

  12. Seems they are so delicious, dear Cecilia and the last photograph so beautiful. Thank you, I hope you have a nice weekend, with my love, nia

  13. I love meringues – we usually serve them with whipped cream and fresh berries. They will be a perfect dessert for this weekend!

  14. Hi Cecilia. Firstly, thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind words. What a fab blog you have. I have really enjoyed reading your stories and looking at your amazing photos. Looking forward to the next installments.
    Regards Florence .

  15. Those meringues are beautiful. I am a huge fan of pavlova. The large meringue disc you cover with whip cream and any other delicious toppping you enjoy — chewy soft center, crunch little bits on the outside. Fabulous.

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  17. My Grams always does this on her pies, and when I was working at a place where we had a Christmas party about 7 yrs back, I decided to make my first chocolate pie with the meringues on top. I for one thought it was good…. my family said it was gross LOL. My coworkers didn’t know me well enough to tell me what they thought, so I figure gross hehe. It was too much constant stirring at the stove, etc. etc. I will not do pies again. I love baking, but I truly hated making the pie!!! hehe.

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