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How to Make Mini Chick Meringues

How to Make Mini Chick Meringues

A firm favourite with adults and children, these mini chick meringues are perfect for your Easter celebrations. This easy-to-follow recipe means that you can get the kids involved and spend an afternoon baking these delightful bite-size treats. If you’re going all out with your baking this Easter, you can use these delicious chick meringues as decorations for your cakes and biscuits, too. Yum!

Prep & Cooking Time: Approx. 1 hour 15 minutes

  • Makes 20 - 25 meringue chicks

Ingredients:

Equipment:

Baking

METHOD:

  1. Preheat your oven to 140°C (120°C fan or gas mark 1). Line the baking sheets with greaseproof paper and place the medium-sized piping nozzle in the piping bag.
  2. Place the egg whites in a mixing bowl and whisk until they become stiff. You can use either an electric hand whisk or a stand mixer.
  3. Add half the sugar to the egg whites and mix until they become firm and shiny.
  4. Stir the rest of the sugar in with the cornflour and then add this mixture to the firm egg whites. Add the lemon juice and lemon zest to the mixture. (You can add yellow food colouring at this stage to make yellow-coloured chicks, if you prefer.) Whisk the meringue until it becomes thick, firm and glossy.
  5. Fill the piping bag with the meringue and then twist the top to seal it. This will ensure that you use every drop of meringue and prevent spills.
  6. Pipe 20 to 25 (or as many as possible) thumb-sized dollops of meringue onto the baking sheets. Make sure you leave plenty of room between these mini meringues to allow them to expand.
  7. Bake the meringues for approximately 30 minutes. The meringues must be crisp, firm and easy to remove from the greaseproof paper before taking them out of the oven.
  8. After removing the meringues from the oven, leave them on the baking sheets to cool for 5 minutes. Once the meringues are cool, transfer them to a wire cooling rack and allow them to cool for a further 10 minutes.
  9. Once the meringues are cool, use the decorating gel to create the chick faces. (We had so much fun giving our chicks little beaks and eyes!)
  10. Allow the meringues to dry, and then enjoy! Remember, you can use these chick meringues as delicious decorations for cakes and biscuits, too. They keep for up to one week when kept in an airtight container.
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