Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Meringue Kisses

I can't believe my last post was in October...That's so last year! And let me tell you, quite a lot has happened. Sometimes life catches up with you and before you know it, it's already 2015! Rest assured, school is going well and, being the nerd I am, I loved my classes this past semester! But I won't bore you with details. Let me just say I absolutely missed you all and I apologize for not posting in such a long time!!

Now, onto far more important things - let's get to the food! And the posh! To start off, I have a fantastic recipe for light, melt-in-your-mouth Meringue Kisses. Find the original recipe I used here. Each bite literally melts in your mouth, leaving behind the fresh, crisp taste of almond. It's one of those "can't have just one" type of treats - which is fine because once you see what's in them (or not in them), you won't mind eating the entire batch! I certainly didn't mind...

Egg whites. Sugar. Cream of tarter. Flavoring. Food coloring (optional). Can you get any more guilt free!? I found this recipe on Pinterest (where else?) and was immediately intrigued. I made my first batch as the meringue trees with sugar sprinkled on top, yet finding it only made one tray and some were left a little chewy -despite the four hours in the oven -I opted to try making mini kisses - I had a winner.

Really, you can make any shape/size/color/flavor you like. I just happen to love food in cute, mini form... hence these kisses were born! And don't be intimidated by the long time in the oven. They're really super easy to make! (Plus you get to lick the bowl when you're done...totally worth it if you ask me!) As a note, making them as small as I did filled three trays - so it makes plenty! Which is perfect because they don't last long in my house...

The recipe, again found here, calls for gel food coloring and certain sprinkles. Honestly, use what you have! I added a few drops of liquid food coloring and used decorative sugar crystals - so make them your own! (Isn't there a word for 'making something special and adding your own unique twist?' I think it starts with a "P...")

Finally, don't just take my word on these little bites of pure bliss. They were such a huge it at Christmas - I don't even know how many batches I've made since! The almond flavor is exquisite and perfect for the holidays. But once you try them with lemon extract and yellow food coloring... just trust me and try it. It's amazing.

With only a couple ingredients and an oven with no plans, these delectable and not-so-guilty treats can be melting in your mouth in no time! (Okay, at least four hours, but you get the point.) So what are you waiting for!? You have to try these Meringue Kisses!!

With love (for food),
-- A dash of posh can make all the difference in your next dish! --