Turkish Meringue Kisses

I have been reading The Meringue Girls by Alex Hoffler and Stacey O'Gorman this week.  Fantastic book with great photography.  I was particularly inspired by their idea of piping meringue over sweets - they used M&M's.  This is my take on this idea using turkish delight and adding pistachios a) because they taste lovely together and b) because they look lovely together.  Delicate little mouthfuls...one does not seem to be enough.  Try six!  Enjoy!  

Preheat oven to 100°C/Gas Mark 1/4.  Whisk egg whites using a hand mixer or freestanding mixer until they reach peak and you can turn the bowl upside down over your head without wearing them.   Warm the sugar gently in the oven for 5 mins then add to the egg whites, tablespoon by tablespoon, whisking on full speed the whole time.  When all the sugar has been added, whisk on full speed for 7 minutes until the sugar is dissolved and the meringue is at peak.  While the meringue is whisking, chop the Turkish Delight into small pieces (about 1 cm) and place on a lined baking sheet.  Spoon meringue in a piping bag, snip the end off to the size of a 20p coin and then pipe kisses of meringue onto Turkish Delight.  Bake in the oven for 50 minutes to an hour depending on your oven really.  You should be able to move the meringues with your finger.  Remove carefully with a palette knife from baking tray and place on a wire tray to cool.

 

Ingredients

150g egg whites

300g caster sugar

100g turkish delight

30g chopped pistachios

Cooking time
50 mins - 1 hour

Makes about 60.