Rainbow Striped Meringues

I had a food class where we made something with custard, and there were a bunch of egg whites leftover.

So of course I asked if I could take them home.

At the time, I was honestly more excited about the egg whites than the actual item we were making (which in case you were wondering was galaktoboureko; which was really nice by the way; which I prefer to call galactic burrito) because I couldn’t help but think of all the things I could make. I was hoping that egg whites would store well, because it meant I could make swiss meringue buttercream, meringues, macarons, angel food cake, cupcakes that require egg whites instead of whole eggs – SO MANY THINGS. It really excited me. The fact that they freeze well too? It made me wish that I brought home more than 14 (well there was like 22 but I decided against taking them all…)

I talked about my obsession with striping things now, I just had to make rainbow meringues. I just had to.

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THEY’RE SO ADORABLE. THEY’RE LIKE LITTLE MAGICAL BABY UNICORN DROPPINGS. OR RAINBOW TOOTHPASTE. OR IF YOU DON’T LIKE FUN AND IMAGINATION RAINBOW STRIPED MARSHMALLOWS. (And yes I am aware that there is no orange since I didn’t have orange gel food colouring, but I put pink in there to compensate).

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One thing I learnt is that if you don’t have caster sugar, don’t even try to make meringues. I ran out of caster sugar, but I only discovered that once I’d foamed my egg whites. I chose to just use white sugar, which was like caster sugar but coarser. No matter how much I whipped, they didn’t dissolve. I just gave up at one point, and just piped them out. Reason why some of them have slightly droopy peaks.

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The recipe I used was Cupcake Jemma’s Circus Rainbow Marshmallow Meringues, but I didn’t have any mini marshmallows so I couldn’t use them. I found that although the recipe said for however much egg whites you have, double the sugar, it was waaay too sweet. Even too sweet for me and I usually have a sweet tooth. I think that next time I make these, I’ll definitely make sure I have those mini marshmallows and the right type of sugar.

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BUT BESIDES THE TROUBLES THAT I ENCOUNTERED AND DISCOVERED, LOOK AT THE UNDERSIDE! IT’S ALMOST, IF NOT JUST AS BEAUTIFUL AS THE TOP. I STILL HAVEN’T GOTTEN OVER THESE, DESPITE MAKING THESE WEEKS AGO. I DON’T THINK I’LL EVER GET OVER THE STRIPING EVERYTHING PHASE.

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It kind of sucks because the lighting in these photos are definitely worse than some of my others. I think from now on I’ll try my hardest to take all my photos in the morning, because that’s when I seem to get the best lighting.

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I hope that this quick little post brightened your day with all the rainbow colours! Hope you’re having a lovely day wherever you are (and if you’re not, I’m sending you heaps of rainbows, warm sunshine and big hugs).

– Jess

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