Sunday 9 January 2011

Meringue Mushrooms

T his month’s Sweet Punch challenge theme was Meringue and we have 3 recipes to choose from.
  1. Meringue Cake ~ Joy of Baking
  2. Chocolate Meringue Cake ~ Martha Stewart
  3. Meringue Mushrooms ~ Joy of Baking
Since we have been having a lot of high calorie cakes and desserts during the last one month, I opted to make Meringue Mushrooms. I used to make Meringue Cookies, but had never made it in the shape of a mushroom… really enjoyed making these mushrooms, it looked very cute and my little one loved it:).... I did a little change in the recipe; instead of baking twice to glue mushroom cap and stem, I used melted chocolate to glue the mushroom caps and stem. Check out Nicole's For the Love of Food blog for an awesome video on how to make Meringue Mushrooms.

Meringue Mushrooms
(From Joy of Baking)

2 large (30 grams) egg whites, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup (100 grams) superfine (caster) white sugar (if you don't have superfine sugar simply take granulated white sugar and process it for about 30 seconds in a food processor).

  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Have two pastry bags ready (one for piping the caps and stems and one for gluing them together). Fit one small pastry bag with a number 3 (1/16 inch diameter) (.2 cm) round plain tip (used to glue the stems and caps together) and one large pastry bag with a number 6 (1/2 inch diameter) (1 1/4 cm) round plain tip (for stems and caps). Fold down the tops of the bags to form a deep cuff on the outside and place each bag in a tall narrow glass for support. This will make it easy to transfer the meringue to the pastry bags.
  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees F (100 degrees C) and place 2 oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven.
  • In bowl of electric mixer, at moderately slow speed, beat the room temperature egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and beat at medium speed until soft peaks form. Continue beating (increasing speed to high), gradually adding the superfine sugar, until the whites are very stiff and glossy. (You want to make sure that the sugar has dissolved completely - to test rub a little of the meringue between your fingers.)
  • With a rubber spatula place approximately 1/4 cup of the meringue in the pastry bag with the small tip (used to glue the caps and stems together). Place the remainder of the meringue in the large pastry bag.
  • To Pipe Caps: Holding the pastry bag upright and close to the parchment paper, pipe the meringue with even pressure, into even rounds building up the meringue to form a 2 inch (5 cm) round that is about 1 inch (2.5 cm) high. Sharply twist the bag and stop the pressure as you slowly move the tip off the meringue. Try to make the top as smooth as possible but use a wet fingertip to smooth out any bumps.
  • To Pipe Stems: Holding the pastry bag upright and close to the parchment paper, pipe the meringue with even pressure, into a cone-shape, making the base of the stem a little larger than the top. The stem should be about 1 inch (2.54 cm) high. Try to keep the stems as straight as possible. Some of the stems may fall over on their sides during baking, so it is a good idea to make extra.
  • Bake the meringues for approximately one hour, or until the mushrooms are firm enough that they can be lifted from the baking sheet without sticking. Rotate the baking sheets from top to bottom and front to back (about three quarters of the way through) to ensure even baking.
  • Remove from oven and with a small sharp knife, make a small hole in the middle of the underside of each mushroom cap. Using the small pastry bag fitted with the 1/l6 inch tip, pipe a little bit of meringue in the hole and gently press the top of the stem into the hole.
  • Place the mushrooms, caps down, on a parchment lined baking sheet and return to oven for about 15 - 30 minutes, or until the mushroom are dry. Remove from oven and lightly dust the tops of the mushrooms with cocoa powder. Use a small pastry or paint brush to smudge the cocoa powder, if desired.
  • Store in an airtight container for several weeks.
  • Makes about 24 - 30 mushrooms (depending on size)

M y previous post Peach & Mango Cheese Cake was selected as one of Foodbuzz’s Top 9 on Jan 8. This is the second post of mine that has been selected by Foodbuzz and I am really happy. Thank you so much for all those who visited my blog and took time to leave a comment… I am over whelmed :)

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  1. Truly interesting challenge! For a second, the pic made me think these r real mushrooms! :) Truly work of art wt meringues! Loved it! CONGRATS again for being on F-Buzz 6th place! The snap was mesmerising, making anyone crave for it very badly! :D

  2. Meringue mushrooms look very really.. Congrats on your recipe caming it to foodbuzz's top 9 recipes!

  3. They looks soo cute and exactly like real mushrooms..congrats..

  4. You are really something aren't you ? These are the most natural looking mushrooms i have seen in a while. You always add your special touch to everything . LOVE IT !

  5. omg looks so real! love these!

  6. This looks super cute and damn interesting :) The shape is so perfect and looks real :)

  7. wow, awesome meringues..look very real

  8. Loved your mushrooms they look so real.I liked the way you used chocolate for attaching the stems.

  9. Awww!! Cute Mushrooms!!! :)
    I could never make those :( sigh!

  10. How cute! I definitely thought they looked like real mushrooms!

  11. Cant even believe that they are not mushrooms..they r tat real....looks superb..:)

  12. This is not baking, this is a work of art! The pictures are simply breath taking,superbly done!

  13. Well done with the deserve to be on the FoodBuzz top 9. Love how beautiful and real the meringue mushrooms look!

  14. This looks so brilliant Sawpna kudos gorgeous and real they look deserve to be on foodbuzz! congrats :)

  15. Those are meringues... I don't believe that....just kidding.... I really thought those are real mushrooms when i saw the pics....Wow...its amazing....:D

  16. Can't wait to try this! Love mushrooms!

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  18. Beautiful clicks and awesome recipe..

  19. Thankyou swapna for visiting my space and for those lovely comments...ur space is awesome...have been following u for a long time....and this recipe is awesome.


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