Easy to make, and the perfect way to show your love.
Keyword meringue, salted caramel, valentines day
Prep Time 30minutes
Cooking Time 1hour
Total Time 1hour30minutes
1/2tspsalted caramel flavouringoptional
4-5drops pink food colouring
Preheat the oven to 135°C and line two or three baking sheets with baking parchment.
Clean your mixing bowl and whisk thoroughly (I like to use half a lemon) to remove any grease that may have been left over from a previous bake. You need to ensure there is no grease as this can affect the egg white’s ability to expand like a cloud.
Add the egg whites to your cleaned bowl, and beat until peaks start to form.
Next, whilst still beating, add the sugar a tablespoon at a time and beat between each spoonful of sugar. This will ensure the sugar fully dissolves into the egg white.
Once all of the sugar is incorporated, add the salted caramel flavour (if using) and continue to beat the meringue mixture until it forms stiff peaks. The way to check is to pull the whisk from the mixture. If the peak that forms in the bowl stands to attention, the meringue mix is ready. (You can also try the old ‘bowl above your head’ method if you really want to…)
Time to pipe
Piping love heart meringues
If you’re going to be using a piping bag, now is the time to fit your nozzle and then, before spooking in the meringue mixture, drop a couple of drops of food colouring around the empty piping bag. This will create the streaks in your finished meringues.
If you won’t be using a piping bag, take a spoonful of meringue and place it into another bowl. Add the food colouring to the smaller bowl of meringue and mix it well. Fold this coloured meringue into the larger bowl, being sure not to over-mix it.
To create heart shapes, pipe a ball and, as you release the pressure from the bag to stop the mixture coming out, pull the nozzle towards you (creating a teardrop). Pipe a second ball in the same way, pulling towards you, so that the end of the teardrops meet. Et voila! A love heart meringue!
If you aren’t using a piping bag, simply spoon a round dollop of meringue (about the size of a cherry tomato) onto the prepared baking sheet with a teaspoon; then, drag the handle of another teaspoon through the centre of the meringue (towards you) to create the love heart shape.
Bake the meringues for 55 minutes.
Once baked, you can either remove them from the oven (to create a chewy meringue) or you can leave them in the oven to dry out fully. If you decide to leave them in the oven, you will need to prop the oven door open with the handle of a wooden spoon. This will allow the oven to cool at a steady rate, drying out the meringues to create that quintessential crisp texture.
If you want to take them one step further, you could spoon a little whipped cream and jam onto the back of a meringue and sandwich with another. Either way, these love heart meringues are sure to be appreciated by those you love.