Chai is one of the new "it" flavors, so me and all my friends being teenagers are in on the craze. I took my go to meringue recipe and made it CHAILICIOUS.
Then in honor of Christmas, I had to follow a pintrest idea and pipe them into Chrismas trees!
I will definately do a complete fail-proof meringue post in the future with an plain recipe to play with, but I'll try to outline key points here too in italics.
Here is what I came up with:
(I doubled the batch, but one batch makes about 60 small meringues)
-2 egg whites
-1/8 tsp vinegar
-1/8 tsp salt
-1/3 cup sugar
-1 tsp vanilla
-1 chai tea bag
|see how glossy and big|
it is getting :)
- take eggs out of the fridge and let come to room temp (can speed up by placing in bowl of warm water for 5 min)
Its impt. to get them to room temp because they whip bigger
-Preheat oven to 225
-Separate eggs and place in clean oil free metal bowl with vinegar and salt
-Begin whipping at med-slow speed, moving to med and beat until soft peaks form. This will take 5+ minutes
*it is crucial that you resist the temptation to beat at high speed, if you go too fast you will get crumbly whites and it won't get voluminous.
-When soft peaks form, increase speed to med-high and begin to slowly add sugar (sprinkle in gradually) and beat until glossy with stiff peaks (pic)
-Add vanilla extract toward end
-Mix in chai by hand by folding with a spatula so not to deflate your meringue
-Place into a piping bag or a large ziplock with the corner snipped and a piping tip placed on (if not making trees or shapes, no need for a tip)
-Pipe in small spirals on sheet lines with parchment paper with 1 in spacing
-decorate with sprinkles :)
-Bake until dry for ~90 min
-Remove from oven. I lift the parchment paper up off hot sheet so they cool faster (working against humidity) and remove/peel the cookies off when bottoms cool
-Cool and package in air-tight tupperware or freezer-ziplock (if you live in Hawaii or somewhere humid: as soon as they are no longer warm... package)
Anyone can make meringues :) I wish you luck :)