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Meringue Kisses For Your Boo! Check Out Chef Alex’s Special Valentine’s Day Recipe

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Chef Alex - pic It’s that time of year… again. St. Valentine’s Day! I know some of you are rolling your eyes, while the others are grinning from ear to ear (abeg don’t shine your pearly whites until you see what your boyfriend, girlfriend, hubby or wife has bought you this year as a love declaration). Anyhow, I will be praying for all of you to receive flashy and expensive gifts:D
Speaking of cost, I know fancy desserts and sweets can be pretty pricey, and if price isn’t the issue, then it becomes about standing out from the crowd. Everyone is trying to be unique these days, and why shouldn’t you?

In this spirit, I’m going to share a recipe and method for preparing what I like to call Meringue Kisses. These tiny, bite sized sweets are an ideal gift for special occasions like baby and bridal showers, birthdays, as well as a token of love or appreciation. I love that they are small and don’t pack too much of a caloric punch, for those concerned about fitness, as I know I am! I also recommend this recipe for activity time with the kids, or with friends.

Mise en place (French for “put in place”) is important to any cook or chef; if you place all the items you need to prepare your dish on the counter, you won’t end up running around the kitchen making a mess, like a chicken with its head cut off. 😀

In this spirit, you will need to place on your kitchen counter:
Whites from 5 large eggs
1 pinch of salt
¾ cup (200ml) granulated sugar
5 tablespoons of icing (confectioner’s) sugar
KitchenAid
Table, or hand held mixer (I don’t recommend using your “guns” to make a meringue, unless it’s your arm day at the gym and you’re feeling lucky!)
Oven sheet tray lined with parchment (baking) paper
Piping bag, a star, and a round tip
Food colouring (GET CREATIVE!)
Oven (at 80-90 degrees Celsius)
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Once set up, pour the whites into the mixing bowl, add a pinch of salt and mix on high.2 until the whites appear frothy. 3

Now, you need to add the granulated sugar in three stages, not all at once, about 30 secs. – 1 minute. apart.
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As air is incorporated, the meringue will appear whiter and thicker, but at this stage it will not have enough body to stand up on its own. 5

Sift in the icing sugar all at once 6 and continue to mix on high for another 5 minutes or so, until the meringue reaches a stiff or firm peak stage. 7

Put about half of the meringue in another bowl, and add a couple drops of the food colouring to the mixer bowl 8 and mix for a few seconds until combined.
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Add this coloured meringue to the bowl with the white meringue and swirl, DON’T OVERMIX! 10

Insert the round piping tip into the bag and spoon in the meringue 11
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Pipe the meringue kisses onto the parchment lined tray by hovering over the tray about ½ an inch and pressing, then pulling away when the meringue touches the tray
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You’ll probably have to practice this motion about five or six times before you get it, STAY IN CONTROL! Repeat with the star tip.

Preheat the oven to 180-200 Farenheit (82-93 Celsius) and bake the Meringue Kisses for 2-3 hours, or until dry. We’re baking at such a low temperature because all we’re doing in essence is drying the meringue.

Once dry, you can present (or eat :D) them just as they are, or sandwich them together with any store-bought jam or caramel. If you’re so inclined, boil an unopened can of evaporated milk in water until it thickens to resemble a dulce de leche, then use this as the center filling.
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Phew, you did it! I hope you’re not overwhelmed. With some patience, organisation, and repitition, you shouldn’t have any issues nailing this recipe.

Meringue is one of the most versatile bases for confections, and you’re not limited to piping in the shape of kisses. You could spoon the meringue directly onto the sheet tray and use the bottom side of the spoon to create an inverted dome shape, which after baking can be used as a meringue cup for fresh fruit and sweetened whipped cream (Crème Chantilly).

I’ll go more indepth into this on the next installment, but until then, remember to cook with class and serve with style! 😉

Alex Oke is a Nigerian chef who’s patently passionate about bread, pastry and confections. He trained in classical/contemporary French cuisine at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Canada, and currently lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. Follow his personal and culinary adventures on Instagram @alexcooksfood, where he currently photoblogs.

8 Comments

  1. Changing Faces

    February 13, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Looks yummy… always wanted to try these; recipe looks easy enough. Thanks Chef Alex

  2. bruno

    February 13, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    oh boy, that is one fine chef. yummy
    I love a dude who knows how to cooks or even better bake.

    chef alex oke, I will eat anything you cook.

    is he a nigerian, I checked he’s instagram (judge me all you want, I don’t care) and it’s only pictures of food.

  3. Chinwe

    February 13, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    The Lord heard my prayers. He knows I’ve been praying for a chef friend. Alex so proud of you. Just pissed I’m not close enough to sample all your meals but I’m patient hehehe.

  4. Tunmi

    February 13, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Chef Alex is very, very fine. BN, Una get good taste

  5. Mz Socially Awkward....

    February 14, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Comments on the cuteness/availability of the chef in 3, 2, 1… 🙂

    I’m not a fan of meringue (much preferring spongier desserts and puddings) but they look pretty. Saying that, I “yam” trialling Nigella’s sticky toffee pudding recipe tomorrow and can’t wait to see what my pedestrian efforts produce. I think Nigerians will gladly embrace sticky toffee pudding if a chef decides to introduce it to the mainstream market via hotel/restaurant menus, etc. Plus the ingredients shouldn’t be difficult to source in country (I think).

  6. S

    February 14, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Chooiii d guy over fine. Abeg for the ladies, check his insta…. overfineness…kai.

  7. Idomagirl

    February 14, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Biko who is this guy? *_*

  8. Tanya

    February 15, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Way to go Alex.nice one.we r proud of u,but we nid sampling nd tasting

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