Sunday, October 17, 2010

Well, I finally made the meringue mushrooms! Now they were lovely and creamy white but I thought they didn't look like the 'real' thing until they looked like I had just plucked them from some darkened magical forest. They are pretty hollow at this point but I plan to make the next batch or punnet with a secret cream filling, thinking about the flavour of that, maybe some kind of nutty cream. Anyhow, happy foraging kiddies....just in time for Halloween, I reckon it was goblin doing.
Vanilla & Chocolate Meringue Mushrooms


  1. Fantastic - where is the recipe? And would this work with a truffle? I seem to remember you have one somewhere...

  2. Oh I haven't forgotten that, will be picking it up soon :-} Don't really see how I can incorporte a black truffle into a dessert but who knows!!

  3. The recpie is for a standard meringue:
    4 Egg Whites
    185g Caster(fine)sugar
    1 Tsp White wine vinegar
    1 Tsp Cornflour
    Half Tsp Vanilla extract
    Oven preheated to 180F

    Method: Whip egg whites to medium stiff peaks.
    Add Sugar little by little whilst still beating egg whites.
    Add vinegar and cornflour ^ vanilla
    Continue to beat for up to one minute untill the meringue is stiff and glossy.
    If you can hold the bowl upsidedown over you head without any falling on you, your done!!!
    Now you have the meringue ready to shape!!!
    Now get creative with it, meringue is a lovely thing to work with you can make it do so much, nothing like a good whipping for egg domination.

    place your 'shapes' on baking paper and place in the hot oven.
    REDUCE the oven temp. to 125 F and bake in the oven for 1-1.5 hours depending on the size of the meringues, bigger means longer.
    Turn off oven and leave those babies in the cooling oven untill it's cold.
    That's a basic meringue, leave out the vanilla if you need them whiter.
    I'm currently hunting down a method to get the meringues pure snow white... the hunt goes on.

  4. I think maybe you're not realising what that picture is!! They are not mushrooms, they are meringues :-) cunningly made to look like big foresty mushies!!!
    They are sweet, crisp on the outside with a chewey vanilla sweet interior.
    The cap and base are attached with dark chocolate and they have been 'painted' with cocao powder and melted chocolate.
    The meringues naturally form great big holes inside them and I eventually to complete the desert, I will inject a nut cream inside them.... Cheeky huh!

  5. i honestly thought these were real mushrooms lol