Meringues: Coconut, chocolate, coffee, and paprika!

I dislike meringues. They look fluffy and delicious, but they end up being somewhat crunchy yet boring. Then again they are one of the simplest deserts on the planet.When I made blueberry ice cream last week and had two egg whites left over I didn’t have the heart to throw them away, so I made meringues.

All you need are eggs, sugar and lil extra something.

All you need are eggs, sugar and lil extra something.

Instead of the usual vanilla meringues, I decided to do a little bit of experimentation. Everything tastes better with chocolate so candidate #1 was cocoa powder. A small bag of coconut shreds fell out of my cupboard during my hunt for ingredients. Coffee adds an incredible amount of flavor so I crushed coffee beans for candidate #3. I needed a wild and more exciting alternative for candidate #4 so I picked out a spice and chose paprika.

Bowls

From top left clockwise: cocoa, coconut, coffee, paprika and lemon

And the winner is… coconut! Surprisingly the coconut shreds melted into the mixture and gave a smooth and subtle flavor to the meringues. They had the “hmm, HMMMM” factor.
Overloading on the cocoa powder changed the consistency of meringues, but in a good way.
Coffee ones needed more sugar and tasted somewhat bitter.
I overloaded on the paprika proportions so I’ll have to attempt that one again to do it justice.

Ingredients:

-2 egg whites
-1/2 to 3/4 cup of sugar

Your choice of:
– 1/2 tbsp crushed coffee beans
– 2 tbsp cocoa powder
– 1/2 tbsp of paprika and a few drops of  lemon extract or lemon zest
– 2 tbsp of coconut flakes

Precooked. Yes I know, the chocolate ones look like perfect droplets of poop.

Precooked. Yes I know, the chocolate ones look like perfect droplets of poop.

Recipe:

  1. Preheat 300°F. Blend the egg whites until you get a mixture that holds soft peaks.
  2. Gradually add the sugar while blending. Keep blending until the mixture stiffens. You should literally be able to hold the bowl upside down.
  3. Add your favorite flavour. Place a sheet of parchment paper on an oven tray. Place perfect little droplets using a spatula or by putting the mixture in a ziploc with a tiny hole in the corner and squeezing the droplets out.
  4. Put the tray in the oven and bake for 25min.
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6 responses to “Meringues: Coconut, chocolate, coffee, and paprika!

  1. J’aimerai goûter celle au paprika, les autres on peut imaginer le goût.
    Bravo pour l’esprit scientifique, on ne change qu’une donnée à la fois.
    Bises,Papy

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