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Espresso Chocolate Chip Meringues

Forget the fruit, these meringues are flavoured with coffee and chocolate chips.

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time60 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
3 egg whites, at room temperature
Pinch fine sea salt
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp instant espresso powder
120g mini milk chocolate chips
1) Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 150°C/gas mark 2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

2) In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites and salt until frothy, about 1 minute. With the machine on medium-high speed, gradually add the caster sugar, about one tablespoon at a time. Add the cream of tartar, vanilla essence , and espresso powder. Increase the speed to high and beat until the mixture is thick and holds stiff peaks, about 3 to 5 minutes. Using a spatula, fold in the chocolate chips. Drop 4-8 tbsp of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet about 5cm apart. Bake for 30 minutes. Rotate the pan and bake for another 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and allow the meringues to cool completely while still in the oven, about 2 hours.

3) Store airtight in a plastic container for up to 4 days.

Cook's Note: The meringue mixture can also be placed in a pasty bag fitted with a large, plain tip and piped onto the baking sheet.

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