May 10, 2013

Raspberry and Lemon Meringue Sandwiches - Perfect for Mother's Day!



Get ready to drool...if you follow this blog or have ordered my book (Mindy here), then you already know that i have an obsession with macarons. Well...I also have an obsession with meringues. One day I want to have the tag line: Mindy - The master of macarons, meringues, and marshmallows. It has a nice ring to it :)


The reason I love meringues? they are super versatile in flavor and color AND shape. Today i made pink raspberry rose shaped meringues. Which are yummy on their own... but i ALSO filled them with lemon whipped cream! These would be perfect at a girly birthday party or baby shower! 

Raspberry Rose Meringues

Ingredients:

4 large egg whites
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. meringue powder
1 tsp raspberry extract
pink food coloring


Directions:

Combine egg whites, sugar, and meringue powder in a double boiler. Whisk on low until sugar dissolves and liquid is foamy and hot to the touch. Transfer to a stand mixer with a whisk attachment. Whisk until stiff peaks form.

Add the raspberry extract and pink food coloring and whisk to combine. Place the meringue in a large pastry bag fitted with a Wilton 2D tip. Line baking sheets with parchment paper (TIP: I place magnets in the corners to keep it flat. remove before baking).

To pipe the rose, hold the bag vertical in the center point of the rose. Begin piping and move outward in a concentric movement while continuing to hold the bag vertical. Release pressure on the bag and lift the tip to finish.

Preheat oven to 175 degrees and cook for 1.5-2 hours. Leave the pans in the oven for another hour to cool.

Serve immediately or place in an air tight container for up to a week.





Lemon Filling

2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
2 Tbsp. Powdered Sugar
1 tsp. Lemon extract
1 Lemon zested (optional)
Whip Cream and powdered sugar until soft peaks form.
Add in lemon extract and zest and continue to whip until stiff peaks form.
Fill meringues and serve immediately

(NOTE: do not fill meringues and store them - the moisture will erode the meringue. Fill right before serving)



My official taste tester approved...clearly...





Aren't the pretty?
The perfect thing to serve at your next girly party or for Mother's Day!

Happy entertaining

Mindy Starr

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