Sunday, June 22, 2014

Choc Meringues (like the Burough Markets)

I first saw meringues like these at the Borough Markets, decadent and huge, with chocolate in the cracks, and 2 pounds 50 each!

This is a great way to use up left over egg whites if you have made a spaghetti carbonara.  Just put the egg whites in a glass and cover them with cling film pressed down to make sure there is no air on the egg whites.  You can also use egg whites that are available now in most supermarkets.  Remember the ratio of 1gram egg white to 2 gram caster sugar, and adjust the cornflour and cocoa powder accordingly (its not critical!). 

What is important in this recipie is to follow the whipping and sugar instructions.  If you don't have a microwave, you can heat the sugar in the oven.  Don't hurry these steps!  Oh, and don't forget to turn the oven down.

The meringues don't have to be chocolate, you could use berries.  Serve them with whipped cream and whatever fruit or sauce takes your fancy.  Raspberry Coulis would be nice, but my husband loves fresh passionfruit.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Margaret's Jam Drops.

Originally from a book by Maureen Kinch - 4 Ingredients, this is a recipie my friend Margaret swears by. 

Keep in mind flour quality and freshness can vary, make sure you keep your flour in an airtight container. I had a disaster recently with stale flour and scones so flat you could use them as hockey pucks! Both SR & plain flour works, it get's down to your personal preference.  

You can use stevia instead of sugar (experiment to find YOUR best version).  Ensure the sugar is dissolved in the butter in a very white mixture before you add the flour.
I prefer raspberry jam, but these are lovely with any kind of jam.  Of course don't use Nutella or Chocolate if taking to school or if a member of your family has allergies.  You can also break up any left over chocolate ( I know right? What do you mean left over chocolate?) and use the chocolate in the centre instead of Jam. You can use maltesers, jaffas, freckles, chopped up mars bars and milky ways. You are only limited by your imagination.