Friday, March 21, 2014

Recipe: Mint Chocolate Swirl Meringues

I made some meringues for The Girl's Harry Potter themed birthday party last weekend, and needed to make something for a school party this evening.  I decided to try my hand at Mint Chocolate Swirl Meringues, using Duncan Hines Mint Chocolate Flavor Mix.

I added a little swirl, using painted stripes of the pastry bag with green food coloring, as I did with the Harry Potter House Color Swirl Meringues.  The meringue mix was a light green with the addition of the flavor mix, and I used a dark green food coloring to paint the bag.

I think the resulting meringues are both yummy and beautiful.  I hope that you try them!  There are lots of other flavor mixes from Duncan Hines, and I've tried some of them before.  I'd love to do more experimentation.. more flavors = more fun.

Mint Chocolate Swirl Meringues

4 large egg whites, room temp
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 package Duncan Hines Mint Chocolate Flavor Mix
up to 1 c granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 225 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the egg whites, salt, cream of tartar, and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until soft mounds begin to form. Put the flavor mix in a 1 c measuring cup and add up to 1 c with granulated sugar.  Gradually add in the sugar and flavor mix and beat until stiff, glossy peaks form.

Cut the tip off a pastry bag and paint a line of green gel food coloring down opposite sides of the bag.
Pipe into swirls on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.  Bake for about 1 hour at 225 F, or util the meringues look dry, rotating sheets halfway through baking.  Turn off oven and leave for at least 30 minutes until completely cooled and dry.

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