After browsing many food blogs that featured the Daring Bakers' latest challenge lemon meringue pie, I got into mood to make some meringues of my own. I chose a simple recipe from a cookbook by ICA provkök in Sweden. The original title of the book is "Sju sorters kakor" (Seven sorts of cake (or maybe all sorts of cakes would be a better, if not a literal, translation)).
For a baking sheet full of meringues (circa 35) you will need:
3 egg whites
1 dl sugar
1 dl confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons Maizena
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom.
1. Heat the oven to 150 C. The original recipe actually says to heat the oven to 100 C, but such a low temperature is not possible using my oven, where 150 C is the lowest temperature. The little higher baking temperature seemed to work just fine and also shortened the baking time somewhat.
2. Combine the egg whites and 1/2 dl sugar. Using an electric mixer beat until soft peaks form.
3. Add rest of the sugar without ceasing to mix. Beat until you cannot hear the sugar in the bottom of the bowl anymore and hard peaks form.
4. Combine confectioners' sugar, Maizena and cardamom in another bowl and then fold carefully into the eggs and sugar mixture.
5. Using a piping bag pipe the mixture onto a baking paper covered baking sheet little at a time forming the meringues into any form you like. Instead of a piping bag you can also use a spoon.
6. Bake in 150 C for about 45 minutes or until the meringues are dry and feel very light.
7. Let cool properly before eating.
These meringues have a very nice cardamom flavour and a lovely, slightly golden colour.