Hot on the heels of my fantastic Green & Black's Ultimate book giveaway, here's a fabulous recipe for the most sticky, gooey & chewy chocolate meringues you've ever had in your life.
Now I must confess that I'm not really a meringue fan - pavlovas (or as my mother in law would call them "pavalovas") and the like leave me cold, and it's always the very last thing I'd opt for on a dessert menu. These came around as a result of my Orchard Fruit Shortcake which needed 6 egg yolks and left me with 6 egg whites in need of a good home. I also had some very delicious Green & Black's Dark 70% which by some miracle hadn't been nibbled at, so it was time to bring them together.
This quantity made about 18 large meringues which were very homemade in appearance - if you want something more elegant, use a piping bag and make pretty circles or faux macarons. Most of my meringues were given to my family and the response was amazing. Lulu ate not only hers (which was nearly the size of her head) but also scoffed her Mum's as well. My parents devoured theirs and didn't share with the grandkids... The Hubs ate the last of them and Lulu was not impressed as she was insistent that they all belonged to her. Kids, eh!
Chewy Chocolate Meringues
6 Egg Whites
300g Golden Caster Sugar
100g Dark Chocolate, grated or finely chopped
4 tsp Cocoa, sieved
Preheat the oven to 140C/275F/Gas 1 and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
In a clean dry bowl (or food processor) whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form.
Gradually whisk in the sugar until stiff peaks form. You'll know it's stiff when you can hold it over somebody's head & it doesn't fall on top of them!
Stir together the chocolate and cocoa and fold gently into the meringue.
Spoon/pipe tablespoons of the mixture onto the prepared trays and quickly put in the oven before the mixture loses volume.
Bake for 45-50 minutes & allow to cook for 5 minutes on the trays before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. Store these beauties in an airtight container (if they last that long).