Festive Fortnight [12]: Christmas Tree Meringues

These Christmas Tree Meringues are the last recipe of the Festive Fortnight (cue “aaaaaw”s – there’ll still be two other posts, though) and they might be my favourite! I came across the concept of these meringues at a Dutch blog (Laura’s Bakery) and I immediately figured they’d be perfect for the Festive Fortnight. Ever since I got my free standing mixer, I’ve loved making meringues! They’re absolutely delicious treats and you can go all kinds of ways with the decoration.

The last time I made them I used food colouring gel to spruce them up for the first time, and I decided that I would use that same technique to paint these Christmas trees with some festive colours! I used red and green – the obvious Christmas colours – but you could also use all green if you want the meringues to resemble Christmas trees even more.

I based my meringue recipe on this recipe by CupcakeJemma and if you’re unsure how to make a good meringue, I’d definitely recommend watching her video. I tried to be as clear as I could in my instructions, but actually seeing what you’re supposed to be doing will beat any description I can give. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures of the process, but Jemma describes everything super clearly.

These are so yummy, and they were gone before I knew it. My father in particular is a huge fan of meringues, but, then again, he’ll eat anything that has sugar as its main ingredient, it seems!


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Bonbons and Meringues

… or “that time when I jumped around the kitchen with glee”. But that’s a bit too long for a title, isn’t it?

Basically, this post is me bragging about making pretty things, because man, did I feel on top of the world when these didn’t fail but were in fact a pretty big success!

I mean, I tempered chocolate for the first time and didn’t screw it up. That’s big, you guys. That’s really something. Which is not to say that the whole process went completely smoothly… My mother can attest to the fact that it was a hectic mess. But it worked! The only thing I’m a little bummed about is that the pictures didn’t turn out great – it was a cloudy day and it was already starting to get a little dark… And I’m not great with the photo-editing. But oh well, you win some, you lose some, eh?


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Meringues 2.0


Those of you who’ve been following the blog for a while now might remember that back in the summer I tried my hand at baking meringues. They didn’t come out exactly as planned as I couldn’t get the egg whites to whip up stiff enough, but they looked pretty cute and tasted all right too, so it was a semi-success.

I vowed to try again, and when my parents got me a Kenwood stand mixer for my birthday in October, I was already excitedly planning another meringues-making session in my head. Didn’t actually get around to it until the day before Christmas, but isn’t that always how it goes. Cut to another 2,5 months later and here I am finally posting about it.


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Bucket List Baking: Meringues

In my previous post I talked about some of the things I’ve wanted to bake for a while, but haven’t yet. Today, I decided to change that – I made meringues!

Or, at least, there was an attempt. And a pretty good one at that, if I do say so myself.

About the title of this post, “Bucket List Baking”: I’m thinking about creating a page on my blog with a list of all the stuff I still want to bake, mostly for my own reference. I keep thinking of more and more baked goodies I’ve been wanting to bake for ages (yesterday I thought of cinnamon buns and donuts, for example), and this would be a good way to keep track of it. Or maybe I’ll just set up such a list in my bullet journal, who knows. We’ll see!

First, let’s get back to the meringues.


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The One Where I Try to Make Meringues

Yesterday I thought it would be a good idea to try and make meringues for the first time ever. I was staying with my parents, and they had friends coming over, so some meringues would make a nice treat to go with a cup of coffee, I figured. I looked up a nice recipe on the internet, and went to buy the ingredients, full of enthusiasm.

However, back home again I was feeling lazy — I had homework to do, and there was ice skating on the telly (the Netherlands are kicking butt at the Olympics, and I’m loving it), so I decided to wait until the next day to make them.

I hadn’t read the recipe carefully, though, and when I’d already grated my lemon this morning I found out the meringues needed to bake for an hour and a half and cool over night. Ain’t nobody got time fo’ that, right? I thought about giving up (I didn’t feel like going through all the fuss anyway, I had other things to do as well) but decided it would be a waste of the lemon zest, so I looked up a second recipe to see how they dealt with the baking and the cooling. I found a recipe that said to bake the merginues for 2 hours and then let them just cool for a little while, and I got back to the meringue-making.

I eventually never got to the baking part, though, because I got bored and annoyed way before that. After wasting two eggs because they wouldn’t split right, and mixing it together with the sugar and the lemon zest it was time to get the electric mixer out and whisk as if my life depended on it.

And I got bored. It took to long for my liking and I think I did something wrong because there was no change to be seen in my sticky sugar-egg-lemony mixture.

So, this is a historic moment for Books Baking and Blogging: my first (documented) failure! It had to happen some time, right?

I’ll try again in a little while, when I’m not grumpy and swamped with homework. I hope your baking endeavors were a bit more succesful this weekend!