Piping Meringues

Meringues are so easy to make. (Recipe and directions here.)

Meringues are made with egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar (optional).

We almost always have all the ingredients on hand — all 3 ingredients.

I made a quick trip to Michael’s where I purchased the bags. (They were not in stock at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.)

I was ready to make them one morning when I discovered I was out of pastry bags.  Even though the actual meringue has only 3 ingredients I usually like to pipe the shapes — whether tart shells or kisses — with a pastry bag and decorative tip.

The decorative tip and white plastic coupler fit inside the tip of the bag. (The metal tip could also be placed outside of the bag if changing the tip is desired.)
The screw ring of the coupler holds the decorative tip in place.

I bought 2 sizes of bags — 12-inch and 16-inch — and decided the larger bag would work better for a batch of meringue made with 4 egg whites which has a lot of volume.

Fill the bag with meringue using a rubber spatula.

After the bag is fitted with a tip I turned back the wide edge and balanced the bag, tip side down, in a tall glass. The bag is filled with meringue.

The full bag makes about 2 dozen 2.5 inch tart shells.

Fold the edges down and squeeze the meringue down toward the tip.

The centers don’t have to be too neat.

On parchment paper that is marked with 2.5-inch circles, pipe a blob in the middle of each circle and smooth with an offset spatula.

The little shells are baked for 1.5 hours at 225 degrees then stay in the oven after it is turned off for another 30 minutes.

Then pipe a wider rim around each center and bake.

Like a toothpaste tube, roll the bag toward the tip as it empties.

The bag will be almost empty. Throw the bag away and wash the tip and coupler.

What’s your favorite pastry?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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