This stunning little meringue trees are an extremely tasty treat!
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Serves: 12 people
0 - Green Food Colouring
0 - Silver sugar balls for decoration
1tspSuperValu White Wine Vinegar
Preheat the oven to 120°C/240°F/gas mark ½.
Put the egg whites into a spotlessly clean mixing bowl and beat on full speed until quite stiff.
Turn the speed of the mixer down and slowly add the sugar just a little at a time. When all the sugar has been incorporated, add the cornflour and vinegar and give one final whisk on high speed.
When ready the meringue should be glossy and when the bowl is turned upside down the meringue should remain stationary in the bowl. Finally, add the vanilla extract and a drop of green food dye. 5 Line a 33cm x 23cm baking tray with parchment paper. Pipe mini tree meringues, starting on a larger base and swirling to the top.
Bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until the meringues are very firm to touch but still soft in the middle. I normally leave mine to cool in the oven with the door ajar.
When the meringues are cooled, melt the white chocolate in a small bowl. Make sure the chocolate is cooled sufficiently to drizzle over the meringues, then decorate with some silver sugar balls.