Home Baked Christmas Gift

As we all know, Christmas can be a very expensive time of year. Each year we come up with an idea for gifts that are thoughtful and come from the heart but don’t cost the earth. Last year we made Candy Cane White Chocolates. This year, we thought we would give homemade Chocolate Chip Meringues a go. The test batch is in the oven as we write, they take an hour of cooking and 2 hours of drying out in the oven so here’s hoping they are delicious. Also, a meringue is fat free (if it didn’t have chocolate chips in it)… but who counts calories at Christmas.

Here is the recipe we used:

3 large egg whites

1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar

1 cup of caster sugar

½ cup of mini chocolate chips

3 drops of red food colouring (you could alternatively use green food colouring and a couple of drops of peppermint essence)

1)      Chill a mixing bowl and beaters for 15 minutes and pre-heat the oven to 120 degrees Celsius (250 degrees Fahrenheit)

2)      Beat the egg whites and cream of tartar fast until soft peaks form then add the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time while still beating until stiff glossy peaks form

3)      Fold in the chocolate chips and food colouring

4)      Put teaspoons full on to a baking sheet covered with baking paper (makes about 40 dependent on how big you make them)

5)      Bake for one hour until stiff and dry, turn off the oven and leave the meringue to dry out for another 2 hours.

6)      Store in an airtight container and wrap in cellophane with a ribbon to give as gifts.

So the verdict is…. they are incredibly moreish and we expect they will be well received at Christmas. However, this batch probably won’t make it through the night.