March 30, 2014
Since moving into my new house, I have been constantly frustrated at the lack on bench space. In total, there might be around half a square metre. That's it. Maybe not even that. When I cook I use heaps of bowls, utensils, plates, spatulas.. you name it. So every now and then while cooking I have a little moment where I yell out to my significant other "I hate this kitchen!!". And I really do. BUT, life goes on.
For the last three months my mum has had my big, shiny, new KitchenAid mixer. Having no bench space, I let her "borrow" it. But this weekend I went and got it back as I had to do some cooking.
I made these little guys this afternoon, and they are super delicious that I had to share straight away. They are crunchy, chocolatey and sweet, and will hit that spot when having a coffee. A note though, as I wish I had read properly before starting to cook, they require about three hours in the oven. Yep, so don't start baking them at 5.00pm when you need to slow roast meat... as I did.
CHOCOLATE MERINGUE DROPS
2 eggs whites
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 teapsoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
Preheat the oven to 100C. Line two baking trays with non-stick paper.
Beat the egg whites in a very clean bowl (I swish around a little apple cider vinegar to ensure there is no grease that will stop my egg whites from going stiff. A wedge of lemon around the bowl also works well).
When the egg whites start to become stiff, slowly add the sugar while continuing to beat. When the sugar is dissolved in the egg whites (you shouldn't be able to feel any grains when you rub the egg whites between your fingers), add the vanilla and sift in the cocoa, then slowly fold it all in until there are no grains of cocoa powder.
Pipe onto the tray about the size of a 20c coin for those in Aus, and about an inch wide for everyone else!
Bake in the oven for 2-3 hours, or until they are hard and slide of the paper with ease. This will ensure there is no moisture left in the meringue, so it will keep in an airtight container for a couple of weeks.. but who are we kidding, these won't last two weeks!
Makes around 60-80 drops (depending on the size you pipe)!