Yesterday was my birthday and my best friend came up trumps by sending me some Hotel Chocolat marbles, which I seemed to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a cup of tea! For birthday pudding I made the meringues and turned them into a kind of Eton Mess. This was the first time I had made meringues and I was really pleased as to how they turned out. They were crispy on the outside and slightly chewy in the inside. I also used the vanilla sugar I made at xmas, and this gave them a nice hint of vanilla. No photo’s as I *cough* got bored waiting for the meringues to cook and cracked open a bottle of fizz.

makes about 12 medium sized meringues

2 egg whites
100g caster sugar

1) Preheat oven to 100oc. Whisk egg whites in a dry clean bowl until you get soft peaks.

2) Whisk in half the sugar. It will thicken to the consistancy for shaving cream.

3) Fold in remaining sugar, ideally with a large metal spoon. Blob onto baking parchment. Bake for 1.5 – 2 hours until they are beginning to brown the surface is beginning to crack.

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