Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Saturday, July 24, 2010

vanilla meringues

baked vanilla meringues have only four ingredients. cream of tartar is essential to the stability of the cookie.  the secret is in the baker's sugar.  this sugar is very fine and delicate.  it easily incorporates into the egg whites while they are beating in the mixer.
i chose to flavor these meringues with vanilla, but almond, orange, lemon, mint, maple, rum, or others could be used for different celebrations.  every one of your guests will enjoy these low fat cookies.  although sugar is one of the main cookie ingredients, there is no fat used in the cookie preparation. 
one of the most important steps in the recipe is the baking instructions.  once the cookies are mixed into a stable fluff, the meringues are piped with a large pastry tip along with a pastry bag onto silpat mats.  this recipe makes 24 cookies.  once the cookies are placed into the pre-heated oven, the oven is turned off and the cookies are allowed to bake while the oven is cooling.  i kept the cookies in the oven for eight hours before lifting them from the cookie sheets.  this recipe can be made one evening,  and then overnight, the cookies will be completed and fresh for serving the next day.
the cookies are light, flavorful, and better than any store bought meringue.

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