Magic Microwave Meringues

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Just a bit of fun with the children – these meringues will not win any prizes in the taste stakes but rate highly in amazement factor!  The boys have loved doing these this holiday, they’re so quick and easy.  I never knew you could do such a thing until a chance conversation with the lovely ladies at Baking Hot Celebrations (and if you’re not sure who I’m talking about head on over and have a peek).

Ingredients:

1 egg white

300g icing sugar

To decorate (optional)

50g chocolate, melted

Smarties or sprinkles.

Makes 16.

 

Start off with the egg white in fairly large bowl.

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In goes the icing sugar and start to mix it up with a spatula.  There’s no whisking involved you just want to mix it up to a soft dough, a little like a sticky sugarpaste.  Spatula to begin with then you’ll need to get your hands in to knead it until the consistency is even.

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That’s it!  Let the magic begin.

Pinch off balls of the mixture and roll into a ball.  You’re aiming for a walnut sized piece.

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Now these can be put straight onto a piece of kitchen paper on a plate, 3 at a time but they spread and flow outwards rather than upwards.

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I don’t like things when I can’t make them conform so the best way to go if you have them is silicone cupcake cases.  The individual type ones.

Paper cases do work too, but the meringue will spread them outwards a little.

Place a ball into the base of the case.  Place 3 on a plate and then into the microwave.

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In an 800w microwave these will take 1 min 30 seconds.

Take care with the timings, microwaves are a whole other ball game for cooking.

If you put the cases directly onto the plate of the microwave and not onto a dinner plate first they will cook in about 1 min 10 seconds.

If you do less than 3 at a time they will cook faster too.

Different wattage microwaves will also cook at other timings.  Its very easy to fill the house with the smell of burning sugar so keep your eye on them, that’s if you can fight the children for peeking space at the microwave door, yes, my boys are probably still radiating microwaves

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Look for them puffing up, once they stop rising they will need a further 20-30 seconds to finish cooking, take them out too soon and they’ll collapse on themselves.

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Cook them 3 at a time and careful taking the plate out when they’re done as that can get hot too.

You can also make swirly coloured meringues too,  just marble a little food colouring through the dough before rolling into balls.  I just had to inflict some pink ones on the boys, it’s only right…

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Once they’ve cooled fully, which is super quick too, melt some chocolate and get the sprinkles out…. time to play!

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And remember these are just a bit of fun, don’t be expecting gourmet meringues one thing you’re guaranteed though is entertained children and a fair bit of amazement!

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They really need to be eaten with a bowl full of ice cream, plenty of cream and fruit, mixed up to make Eton Mess or crumbled over something equally lovely!

I know where you’re all heading now – have fun lovelies!

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Magic Microwave Meringues

Ruth Clemens, Baker Extraordinaire

Meet me down the aisles of The Pink Whisk Shop – for all sorts of cake decorating and baking delights!

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17 Responses to Magic Microwave Meringues

  1. Amy says:

    Brilliant! I’m going to try this later with my girls – they’ll love it! x

  2. Hannah Wigglesworth says:

    I’m going to have to try these!! My husband has convinced himself that he can eat meranges with creme fresh and berries on his diet and training regeme. This will definately save me some time in the kitchen now! Thank you :)

  3. kristine says:

    looks so much fun, kind of wish I had a microwave now

  4. Catriona says:

    Oooooh, love it! I feel some meringue making coming my way… Hmm, I wonder if my latest obsession with putting chocolate chips and cocoa powder into meringue mixture would work?

  5. Karrie says:

    Can’t believe you hadn’t heard of these before. Way back in the day (along with melting jelly without water then adding all cold liquid to speed up setting) it was one of the things every microwave demo showed you :)

  6. Iced Jems says:

    These are very cute! Was surprised how few ingredients were needed, a fab idea for baking with kids or rustling up something very quick. Thanks for sharing! Jem x

  7. Bakes-A-Lot Sue says:

    The pink ones with the sprinkles on look just gorgeous! Wish I’d thought to put mine in paper cases…I should have read your blog first! :o)

  8. Jan says:

    I remember as a teenager my dad used to make these for dessert filled with pink whipped cream an finished with a glace cherry and a snip of angelica!
    What a lovely simple time it was. I will make these with my grandchildren and hopefully leave them with some nice memories!

  9. carole staley says:

    we used to make peppermint creams at school with egg white icing sugar pep flavouring and green colour, just thinking hmmm peppermint meringues, its either going to be sensational or disgusting, ill keep you posted x

  10. Cakes for dorothy says:

    Absolutely brilliant idea! I just made them here: http://cakesfordorothy.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/microwave-meringues.html

  11. Beverley says:

    Oh Ruth these are just magical and will give them a go at the weekend, thank you for another wonderful idea…you are smokin!! xoxo

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  13. Mammasaurus says:

    I have tried it and I am sat here eating and typing – as someone without an oven this is perfect! Thank!

  14. gill says:

    I just made these! Using 900W microwave, no plate, 3 at a time, took 50secs. Great fun looking at them rise.

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