Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Meringue Ghosts

Boo...

These meringue ghosts are great with peak-a-boo. Now you see them, the next second, they can melt and disappear in your mouth...

Now, who is scary? The meringue ghosts or The hungry people?

meringue ghosts Halloween 
 

Here's the recipe from Joy of Baking.

(with my modification in blue)

Makes 20-24 Meringue Ghosts
4 large egg whites (120 g)
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup (200 g) superfine or caster sugar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (I didn't add this)

Candy eyes

You can find candy eyes at cake decorating stores or you can order them online at http://www.candylandcrafts.com/

Instead of candy eyes, you can use miniature chocolate chips.
(Instead of using candy eyes, I use the Americolor Gourmet Writer Food Marker Pens (black colour) for drawing the eyes after the meringues are baked.)

Preheat oven to 200°F (105°C) and place the rack in the center of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Have ready a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) plain tip (Please refer to my *note).

In the bowl of your electric mixer, with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on low-medium speed until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat the whites until they hold soft peaks. Add the sugar, a little at a time, and continue to beat until the meringue holds very stiff peaks. Beat in the vanilla extract (I didn't add this)

The meringue is done when it holds stiff peaks and when you rub a little between your thumb and index finger it does not feel gritty. If it feels gritty the sugar has not fully dissolved so keep beating until it feels smooth between your fingers.

Before placing the meringue ghosts on the cookie sheet, place a little of the meringue on the underside of each corner of the parchment paper. This will prevent the paper from sliding.  Transfer the meringue to the pastry bag and, holding the bag perpendicular to the baking sheet, pipe, with even pressure, about 2 inch (5 cm) high mounds of meringue. Carefully press two candy eyes, edible silver dragees, or two miniature chocolate chips into each meringue ghost (I didn't do that).

Bake the meringues for approximately 1 - 1 1/2 hours or until they are dry and crisp to the touch. Turn off the oven, open the door, and leave the meringues in the oven to finish drying several hours, or even overnight.

The Meringue Ghosts will keep several days at room temperature.

*Note: Using 1/4 of the recipe (containing 1 egg white) and a 0.7cm piping tip , I've piped out 45 mini meringue ghosts and bake them at 100°C fan forced for 50 min. Using the Americolor Gourmet Writer Food Marker Pens (black colour), I drew the eyes on the meringues when the "ghosts" are completed baked and cooled.

Spooky Baking and...
























This post is linked to October Halloween Party hosted by Hankerie.

38 comments:

  1. Such a great idea for Halloween! Love it!

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  2. Cute spooky ghosts! Definitely will bring a smile to anyone! :)

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  3. Ha, ha .... these are so cute!

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  4. Cute! Like homemade peeps! :)

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  5. These are just too cute! They'd be perfect for my class at Halloween. My grandson would love to get a box of these too! :)

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  6. They are really cute :D bet your kids love them!

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  7. These are so cute! Perfect for Halloween.

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  8. That ghost sure looks adorable hahaha

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  9. haha....i think the hungry people might be a little scarier ;) The ghosts look so cute! I almost forgot that it's almost Halloween! :)

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  10. I don't think there are scary or evil,but there are all so cute...!!!I like those ghosts! Happy Halloween to you too!

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  11. zoe, must have been so much fun making them!

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  12. oh yeah zoe, you can submit this to Hankerie at hankerie@blogspot.com for the halloween event.

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  13. Love them, now where can I borrow some children so that I can make these - ys I know from my brothers :)

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  14. hahha boo!! i wanna pop them into my mouth one by one! one reason why ive never made meringues or pav before is that they take so long to bake in the oven and gotta leave overnight too...i hardly hv the patience for that :( i will one day (mb when i have kids as im sure my patience level will increase by then lol).

    btw, didnt manage to make the reallly soft rolls over the wkend but thats planned for tmr! yay!

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  15. Super cute ghosts,fantastic..

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  16. I just saw these and smiled - they are the cutest little fellows!! Love them - great idea - thanks:)
    Mary x

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  17. That's so cute. Do you mind to link this blog with my Halloween event @ http://hankerie.blogspot.com/2011/10/event-october-halloween-party.html

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  18. These are just adorable...I say the hungry people are definitely more scary! hahaha...

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  19. Just right for the Halloween event!

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  20. I wouldnt mind eating a ghost or two!

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  21. Ooohhh, these are so cute! I'm sure I could eat a lot of these ghosts in one sitting :)

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  22. I love these Zoe look absolutely nice and sooo cute, love meringue I would eat all!brr!
    gloria

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  23. How cute are these ... liking the evil ones.. ehhe

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  24. These little creatures are so adorable! I'll definitely feel guilty eating them though!

    Some of your cakes are just making me mouth-water as we speak...beautiful blog you have there!

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  25. Your ghosts are adorable, Zoe! I'd love to make these for my grandson:)

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  26. hi zoe, i baked these as well some time back.. had lots of fun with it, and i must say it tasted very good! btw, i really like the facial expressions.. maybe i should have used edible ink too.. using chocolate is quite a mess =P

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  27. Zoe, this little ghosts is so so lovely...^^

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  28. These are awesome! I love them! I will be making these for Halloween for sure!! Thank you for the idea! Love your blog! I am a new follower! :D

    Kara :)

    http://lovehomebird.blogspot.com/

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  29. Love meringues and how cute are these!

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  30. Zoe, I think these are super cute rather than scary! hahaha.... But still have to end up in the hungry human belly. :o) Have fun!
    Kristy

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