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Easter Egg Box

by The Meringue Girls from Meringue Girls Cookbook

A lovely Easter gift idea or kids activity. This Meringue Girls recipe creates egg shaped meringue kisses that can be sandwiched with your favourite fillings.

From the book

The Meringue Girls

Introduction

Make egg-shaped sandwiched kisses for a home-made Easter gift. This is a fun activity to do with kids. These eggs are made by sandwiching 2 meringue shells together with melted chocolate and then dusting with cocoa to give a speckled egg appearance. Choose any flavour for the kiss flavourings, or keep them plain as we’ve done.

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Ingredients

½ batch of uncooked Meringue Girls Mixture (see recipe link in method below)
A few drops of natural food colouring in your chosen colour
A pinch of cocoa, to dust
For the chocolate ganache:
50g 70% dark chocolate
50ml double cream

Essential kit

You will need a disposable piping bag

Method

Preheat the oven to 100°C/gas ¼, and line a baking sheet with baking paper.

Make ½ a batch of meringue mixture with the recipe here. Then fold through a few drops of natural food colouring to make a light pastel shade. Fill a disposable piping bag with the meringue mixture and cut a 2.5cm hole in the tip.

Pipe about 24 small dollops of meringue mixture onto the lined baking sheet until all the mixture is used up. Then, with a damp finger, carefully press down and round the tips of the meringue peaks so you have a smoother ‘eggshell’ shape. Dust with a few specks of cocoa powder.

Bake for 30–40 minutes, or until the meringues come off the baking paper easily with their bases intact. Leave to cool.

Break the chocolate into pieces and gently melt in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water or in a micro-safe bowl in the microwave. Once the chocolate has melted, gently fold in the double cream until you have a thick, smooth paste.

Using a knife, spread the base of each kiss with chocolate and then sandwich 2 together to form an egg shape. Repeat with the remaining kisses.

Put your meringue eggs in an egg cup or egg box and tie each box with a ribbon and a feather. Or use some straw to make your own little ‘nests’ for them to nestle in. The meringue eggs will keep for 2 weeks in an airtight container.

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