Only a week left until Easter! Easter is a favourite feast to me, I love the feeling of spring in the air and the colours associated with it are such happy pills!
Ebba and I made these festive meringue chicks a couple of days ago. We made them last year as well and the kids loved them! I think they're super cute and a must on the Easter table. Very easy to make as well and a fun activity with your little ones.
There are obviously hundreds of different meringue recipes and I'm sure you all have your favourite recipe and in case you do, just stick to that one. Here, however, is the recipe I usually use when I want to bake meringues and I want to bake them fast. Always a good idea when there are kiddos involved!
3 large egg whites, I prefer organic eggs but that's totally up to you.
2 dl white sugar
A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Wilton yellow and black colour paste
Heat the oven to about 105 C. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
Place the egg whites, a third of the sugar and the lemon juice in the bowl of an electric mixer with a whisk attachment. Whisk on medium speed until the mixture starts to whiten, add the rest of the sugar and increase the speed. Add a little bit of yellow colour paste, if you use Wilton which I personally think is the best on the market and I've tried quite a few, you only need the tip of a toothpick to get a dreamy pastel yellow colour. Whisk until the egg whites form stiff peaks. The mixture should look fluffy and cling to the bowl if you turn it upside down.
Then it's just to start piping! Getting the right meringue "tops" can be a bit tricky but you'll get it soon. I'd say the secret is to press hard at the bottom and then finish off rather quickly at the top. That way the get the perfect chubby shape and a nice "hair" on top.
Bake for about an hour, or until the meringues are pale and dry. Turn off the oven and allow the meringues to cool in the oven with the door slightly ajar.
The part of giving the little meringues faces is the funniest and the trickiest. I think the faces are the cutest if you put the eyes close to the beak but just try what you think is best. I use a toothpick and colour paste for this as well. Same yellow colour paste as in the meringue mixture, it looks orange when it's as concentrated. Black colour paste for the eyes. Just dip a toothpick firmly into the paste and be light on hand when you put it on. I've tried using food colour pens but I didn't really like that, but try for yourself - you might like it better. It's a whole lot easier then this toothpick dipping for sure.
Little miss E waiting impatiently for the mixture to get the right texture.
Be aware that your hands and mouth will turn all yellow eating the meringues but it's easily removed with water.
Piping can be real fun, ever heard of Easter snakes?! We've got plenty after this baking adventure. Just as delicious!
This recipe will give you about 40 little chicks depending of course on how big you make them!