TEA FOR TWO & TWO FOR TEA
Forget about macaroons, pink meringues is my new favorite (don’t even ask about the macaroon project!).
Here comes the recipe which I ended up using (although they do look rather flat in this particular photo, or intentionally made flat to resemble giant macaroons maybe?).
The best tip is to remember the following before you start (says the meringues experts anyway). Meringues need clean equipment, good sugar, and, a low oven. And don’t feel tempted to hurry the process!
- Preheat oven to 100 degrees.
- 6 (240 g) egg whites at room temperature
- 450 g caster sugar
Whip egg whites until foamy using an electric mixer. Sprinkle in sugar a little at a time, while continuing to whip at medium speed. When the mixture becomes stiff and shiny like satin, stop mixing, carefully fold in color of choice (I used red) and shape a spoonful of meringues to baking paper/tray. Place the meringues in the oven. Bake for 3 hours, or until the meringues are dry, and can easily be removed from the pan. Leave to cool in oven.
Dead easy and very decorative.
I am feeling on top of things and pretty rejuvenated(ish) this Monday morning. How about you?
We have 15 spirited 7 year olds coming round in a couple of hours. We are at the ready, thanks to us contributing to the Middleton Family empire in a big way (how could I say no to the bunting, the matching napkins, plats, cups…..). As I told you earlier we are aiming for a sophisticated (?), stylish (?!) Tea Party. And I was making Macarons remember? Macarons turned into something else (pretty good, but still not macarons. Or macaroons for that matter).
Anyway, wish me luck. The queen of parties wants to organize a dance lesson for her friends by the way. Dance lessons?! Really?
HOMEMADE OR BOUGHT?
Did you have a good week? I’m catching my breath at how quickly this month is flying by. But we have been packing in lots of fun, and I am well on my way of getting to the bottom of my “Summer Checklist” of things I wanted to do, see, make, smell & achieve.
Have you ever taken the leap in making home-made macarons? Or do you just buy them like me? I guess I should try making them (or not…) as they are Isabella’s absolute favorite treat. That and olives (she’s the olive connoisseur in our household. Weird, yet quite cool). I admit, the cheerful rainbow colors, the two-bite size, crisp-chewy texture are in fact addictive!
We have a very special 7th Birthday to celebrate this week, and I know I would be rated a *Star Mom* if I turned up with these on the day (or just buy them and pretend I made them?). Will reveal how this project goes. Mind you, only if the homemade version is a success. As we are, after all, self-proclaimed (?) Pink Bloggers, where only “perfection” (?!) is portrayed! (oh, the debate on this topic online has been fierce these last few weeks. Jeez, relax people!)
Now go have yourself a good Monday. I am onto my third coffee, and still counting. One of those mornings you know……zzz.
… and here is a bit of useless information for you: Macarons and Maracaroons are not the same thing. MacarOns are “characterised by the dome-shaped buscuit made of egg whites and almond meal” Whereas MacarOOns are “a small merengue cake, typically made of coconut and often dipped in chocolate”.