Meringues

INGREDIENTS:

2 large egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
dash of salt
1/2 c sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 F.
  2. In large bowl, combine egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt. Beat until soft peaks form.
  3. Gradually add sugar, beat until mixture is stiff and glossy.
  4. Add vanilla extract at the end.
  5. Bake on a cookie sheet lined with a silpat for 1.5 hours.
  6. Makes 36 5g meringues.
  7. TURN OFF the heat and leave the meringues in the oven until they are completely cool, 3 hours or more.
  8. It’s easiest to do this if you bake the meringues in the evening and let them cool overnight.
  9. Store the meringues in an airtight container to keep them crisp.
  10. Enjoy!

NOTE: These meringues are only 10 calories apiece. They have no fat and are high in protein. They are absolutely delicious and make an excellent snack if you’re dieting.

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Macaroons (French)

Ingredients:

2 egg whites

1/2 c ground almonds

7/8 c powdered sugar

1/8 c granulated sugar

1/2 oz (about 1 tbsp) rice flour

1 tsp almond extract

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Use nonstick jelly roll pan, cover with silpat.

3. Beat egg whites for 3 minutes on high in kitchenaid mixer.

4. Let rest for 4 minutes.

5. Fold in (by hand, not with mixer) remaining ingredients.

6. Drop by tablespoons onto silpat. Macaroons will expand a lot, leave room between them.

7. Bake 15 minutes.

8. LET COOL COMPLETELY ON BAKING SHEET. If you try to remove while hot or warm, macaroons WILL break.

9. Enjoy!