Today Otis and I made these cute little Christmas tree meringues as gifts for our friends and neighbours, and perhaps a few for the Christmas table too. The idea came from our favourite macaron shop Marché du Macaron, although we made ours much smaller, almost bite size. As it should be when baking with children, they turned out perfectly imperfect.
The recipe is really simple, we used Margaret Fulton's (Australian cooking icon) recipe using only three large egg whites and 1 cup of caster sugar. While the egg whites and sugar were being whisked in the electric mixer we put in a few drops of green food colouring. Once the egg whites formed a stiff peak we put the whisked egg whites in a piping bag to make small Christmas trees. We put on the baubles (hundreds and thousands) before putting them in the oven. Because ours were so small we only baked them for 30-40 minutes. They taste delicious and are a nice and colourful alternative to the usual cookies or gingerbread. We may have started a new tradition!
From my family to yours, we wish you a safe and joyous Christmas!