Friday, April 12, 2013

Peaches & Cream Meringues


I am a bit of a baking trend hoarder. When I see something new in the market, most times I toss it in the cart. As a result my pantry and baking closets are stuffed with things I put away and promptly forget about. Out of sight. Out of mind.


These frosting flavoring packets popped up in the store a few months ago. I grabbed a few on impulse because the flavors looked so fun but not having any plan at the time what I would use them for. BTW, I've made hundreds of cupcakes since I bought these and never used the flavorings in frosting. 


Recently I was making meringues to fulfill a request for plain white ones and was rummaging around in the cabinet to find cream of tarter. I spotted these flavor packets and impulsively added one to the meringue mixture just to see what would happen. 



Turned out this was a great idea.

I used the entire flavor packet and not only did they taste great,  the flavoring also tinted the meringue a beautiful pastel peach. Color and flavor on one packet. Step saver. Love.

Now I have all sorts of ideas of how to use the other flavors in everything but frosting. Macarons and marshmallows just might be first up. 



Peaches & Cream Meringues

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 Duncan Hines flavor packet (I used Peaches & Cream)

Directions:
  • Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Whip the egg whites until foamy.
  • Add cream of tarter and salt.
  • When the whites stat to form soft peaks, gradually pour in the sugar a little at a time.
  • Add the contents of the flavor packet.
  • When the mixture holds stiff peaks, it's done.
  • Load the meringue into a pastry bag and pipe onto the baking sheets. You can makes shapes. I just made little dome shaped cookies.
  • Bake for 45 minutes -1 hour or until the meringues can be cleanly separated from the baking sheets.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely.

4 comments:

  1. You are so smart! I would have never thought to add these to anything but frosting!

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  2. that is definitely such a fun use for these! I wonder if you coudl add them to macarons too...

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  3. Awesome idea! I picked up one of those packets a couple weeks ago (cherry vanilla), and I've been wondering what I would do with it!

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  4. I am totally a hoarder like you as well. All your other ideas sound great, wonder how they will go in the macarons and if they will change the consistency.

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