I’m one of those people that put their Christmas tree up mid-November, that’s how into the festive season I am. So when I came across the idea of Meringue Wreaths for a Christmas tree or Christmas table, I was all in!
What could be better than decorations that look good enough to eat and then can in fact be eaten? Nothing, that’s what 🙂
So for my second recipe in MAIZENA’s ‘Bake Your Festive Gift’ series, I’m going to show you how to create these sweet chewy meringue wreaths, which make such nice and out-of-the-ordinary gifts to take to someone’s house or even just to hang in your own.
And don’t worry meringues aren’t as hard as you think to make, just take your time and make sure the sugar is mixed into the egg whites properly, you will see below that I suggest you add the sugar a tablespoon at a time. You must also make sure that your bowl and mixer attachments are super clean, no trace of grease or soap etc.
These decorations are super pretty and as I mentioned above, so unexpected. Imagine creating little Eton mess meringue wreath desserts, the options are endless!
If you missed my previous post in this series on how to make Reindeer Shortbread Chocolate Cookies then just click here.
This is what you’re going to need:
· 1 tsp MAIZENA cornflour
· 4 large egg whites
· 220g castor sugar
· 1 tsp white wine vinegar
· Moir’s green food colouring (optional)
· Sprinkles (optional)
· Twine or string
- Heat the oven to 130°C and line a flat baking tray with baking paper.
- In a clean metal/ceramic bowl (try to avoid using a plastic bowl) whisk the egg whites with an electric hand mixer into stiff peaks. Add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, and whisk until thick and glossy.
- Mix the MAIZENA cornflour and vinegar together and then fold the mixture into the meringue. Adding these two ingredients ensure that your meringues have a fluffy centre.
- Using a piping bag fitted with a star-shaped tip, start piping out your mini wreaths onto the baking tray covered with baking paper.
- Bake for about 1 hour or until crisp. Leave to cool in the oven (make sure it’s turned off) this will make them less likely to crack.