Refrigerator Door Masterpieces And Peppermint Meringues

peppermint_meringues_2_mfbI think I’m a creative person. Ever since I was little, I’ve always needed an outlet for my  creativity, lest I go crazy and take everyone along with me.  As a child, I was a color master!  My favorite thing in the world was a coloring book and a brand new box of crayons.  Oh, I can still smell the fresh, waxy smell of that rainbow in a box!

peppermint_meringues_6_mfbAll of those pointy tips staring up at me, just waiting for their turn. The discovery of a new color with a super cool name like “Purple Mountain’s Majesty” or “Outer Space”.  And let’s not even discuss the sharpener tucked into the back of the jumbo box. That was the ultimate!

peppermint_meringues_3_mfbEven at a very young age, I had mastered the art of shading and highlighting with crayon.  Pressing harder around the edges and softer towards the middle.  Gently adding white over the faint, grainy shades to smooth them out and create a luminous effect. Adding black on the very edges of the lines and using my fingers to smudge them outwards, allowing the illusion of depth and shadow.

peppermint_meringues_1_mfbNever one to conform to the norm, a flower never consisted on only one color. It was purple on the edges with pink towards the center and highlights of yellow or red.  Leaves were several shades of green and brown, carefully blended to mimic a real leaf found in nature.

peppermint_meringues_8_mfbWhile my children were growing up, I often found myself coloring long after they got bored and went on to something else. Making unusual color combinations to create a masterpiece that is uniquely mine. And there’s nothing like the satisfaction of a beautifully colored, completed page that has been ripped out of the coloring book and posted on the refrigerator door, no matter your age.

peppermint_meringues_4_mfbI’ve learned to love color in all its glory, in any medium that it may be used.  Coloring, painting, baking, and photography, there’s beauty to be found, no matter where you look, and peppermint meringues are truly a beautiful thing. And they’re tasty too.

Peppermint Meringues

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 36 cookies

A pretty cookie for your holiday dessert table.

Ingredients

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • red paste food coloring

Directions

Preheat the oven to 200 F.

With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, whisk together the egg whites, cream of tartar, peppermint extract, and salt until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar, one tablespoon at a time, and beat on high speed until the eggs are glossy and forms stiff peaks.

Use a small artist's paintbrush to paint a few stripes of red paste food coloring down the inside of a pastry bag that has been fitted with an open star tip. (I used a #1M star tip) Carefully spoon the egg whites into the pastry bag and pipe 1-1/2" to 2" stars on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake the meringues for 1 hour 30 minutes or until the meringues appear dry and are firm when touched. Transfer the baking sheets to a wire rack to cool.

To store cooled cookies, separate the meringues into layers between parchment paper and store covered for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

Notes

Original Recipe from Better Homes & Gardens

http://myfriendsbakery.ca/blog/peppermint-meringues/

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