Peppermint Meringues
Peppermint Meringues
5 from 1 vote
Peppermint meringues are a delightful treat that combine the lightness of meringue with the refreshing zest of peppermint. This recipe offers a charming twist on the classic meringue, infusing it with a minty aroma and optional colourful swirls.
Peppermint Meringues

Peppermint meringues, a whimsical and refreshing dessert, have charmed their way into the hearts of many. Originating from the traditional French meringue, a confection known for its airy and crisp texture, this recipe infuses the classic with a zesty twist of peppermint.  

The result is a fusion of sweetness and mint that dances on the palate, a delightful treat especially around the holidays or as a special finish to a meal. 

Making peppermint meringues isn’t particularly challenging, but it does require a bit of precision and patience.  

The process involves beating egg whites to the perfect stiffness and gently folding in flavours, ensuring that the light and airy texture isn’t compromised. This makes the recipe a wonderful venture for those who are looking to step slightly out of their comfort zone in the kitchen without being overwhelmed. 

There’s a beautiful versatility to this recipe as well. While this version includes peppermint extract for that distinct minty flavour, there are numerous ways to play around with the base recipe.  

Some might opt for vanilla or almond extracts, while others might introduce citrus zests for a tangy twist. The use of red food colouring to create attractive swirls in the meringues adds a visual appeal, but it’s entirely optional.  

The same goes for the crushed candy canes, which not only add to the aesthetics but also give an extra peppermint punch. 

What really makes peppermint meringues stand out is their texture and flavour profile. The meringue itself is light as air, melting in your mouth with each bite.  

The peppermint adds a refreshing contrast to the sweetness of the sugar, creating a harmonious blend that’s not overly sweet or overpowering. It’s a delightful experience, both in making and in tasting. 

In the world of desserts, peppermint meringues are relatively simple yet elegant. Whether served at a casual gathering or as part of a sophisticated dessert spread, they never fail to impress.  

Their festive appearance, particularly when adorned with red swirls and candy cane bits, makes them a popular choice during the Christmas season, but their appeal is not confined to any single occasion. These meringues are perfect for any time of the year when you crave something sweet yet light. 

The journey of making peppermint meringues is as enjoyable as savouring them. It’s a process that teaches the importance of delicate handling and patience, rewarding the baker with confections that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate.  

So, whether you’re a seasoned baker or a novice in the kitchen, this peppermint meringue recipe is a delightful adventure into the world of baking. Enjoy the process, and relish the delectable outcome! 

Expert Tip: Ensure your bowl and beaters are completely clean and dry before whipping the egg whites. Any trace of grease or water can prevent them from reaching the desired volume and stiffness. 

What Ingredients to Use & Why

Egg Whites: Egg whites are crucial for creating the base of your meringue. They whip up into a frothy, airy texture that’s essential for the light and crisp structure of the meringue. If you need an alternative, aquafaba (chickpea water) can be used, though the texture might vary slightly. The egg whites help in giving the meringue its characteristic lift and chewiness. 

Caster Sugar: Caster sugar, finer than regular sugar, dissolves more easily into the egg whites, contributing to the smooth and glossy finish of the meringue. If unavailable, you can grind regular granulated sugar to a finer consistency.  

Caster sugar is key in balancing the minty flavour with its sweetness, without overpowering the delicate texture of the meringue. 

Peppermint Extract: The peppermint extract is the flavour star in this recipe. It gives the meringues their distinct minty taste, which is both refreshing and invigorating.  

If you don’t have peppermint extract, you could use vanilla or almond extract for a different flavour profile. The peppermint pairs beautifully with the sweet meringue, offering a refreshing contrast. 

Salt: A pinch of salt is all it takes to enhance the overall flavour of the meringues. It acts as a flavour balancer, cutting through the sweetness and bringing out the peppermint notes. There’s no real substitute for salt in this context, but its small quantity means it doesn’t dominate the other flavours. 

Red Food Colouring: The red food colouring is purely for aesthetic purposes, giving the meringues a festive, visually appealing look with swirls of red.  

Feel free to omit it or replace it with another colour if you prefer. The colouring doesn’t affect the taste, but it adds a playful touch to the appearance of the meringues. 

Crushed Candy Canes (optional): Crushed candy canes not only add a decorative touch but also an extra layer of peppermint flavour and a slight crunch.  

If you’re not a fan of candy canes or want to keep the meringues simpler, you can leave them out. The candy canes enhance the peppermint theme, making the meringues even more suited for festive occasions. 

Using these ingredients, you can create peppermint meringues that are a joy to both make and eat. Each component plays its role in achieving the perfect balance of flavour and texture, making this recipe a delightful baking experience. 

Expert Tip: Gradually add sugar to the egg whites while beating. Adding it all at once can deflate the egg whites, affecting the texture of your meringues. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make Peppermint Meringues Without a Piping Bag? 

Yes, you don’t need a piping bag to make peppermint meringues. While a piping bag gives a more uniform and decorative look, you can use two spoons to dollop the meringue mixture onto your baking tray. This method will give your meringues a more rustic appearance, but they will taste just as delicious. 

How Do I Store Peppermint Meringues? 

Peppermint meringues should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. They don’t fare well in humid conditions, so keeping them dry is key. Properly stored, they can last up to two weeks. Avoid refrigerating as moisture can soften the meringues. 

Can I Use Liquid Food Colouring Instead of Gel? 

It’s best to use gel food colouring for meringues as it’s more concentrated and doesn’t add extra moisture to the mixture. Liquid food colouring can alter the consistency of your meringue, making it too runny. If you only have liquid food colouring, use it sparingly. 

Is Peppermint Extract the Same as Mint Extract? 

No, peppermint extract and mint extract are not the same. Peppermint extract is made from pure peppermint oil, giving a more intense and pure peppermint flavour. Mint extract, on the other hand, can be a blend of various types of mint and may have a milder flavour. For this recipe, peppermint extract is recommended for its strong, refreshing taste. 

Can I Make These Meringues in Advance? 

Absolutely! Peppermint meringues are a great make-ahead dessert. Once baked and completely cooled, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. They maintain their texture and flavour, making them perfect for preparing a day or two before an event. 

Expert Tip: Be patient when baking the meringues. Low and slow is the key. Rushing the process with a higher temperature can cause them to crack or brown too much. 

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Peppermint Meringues

Peppermint Meringues

by Nabeela Kauser
Peppermint meringues are a delightful treat that combine the lightness of meringue with the refreshing zest of peppermint. This recipe offers a charming twist on the classic meringue, infusing it with a minty aroma and optional colourful swirls.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French, Italian, Swiss
Servings 25
Calories 25 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 Egg Whites Room temperature
  • 150 g Caster Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Peppermint Extract
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • Red Food Colouring
  • Crushed Candy Canes Decoration, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 120°C (250°F) and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • In a clean, dry bowl, beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks.
  • Gradually add the caster sugar while continuing to beat the egg whites. Beat until the mixture is glossy and forms stiff peaks. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
  • Gently fold in the peppermint extract and a pinch of salt. If you want, add a few drops of red food colouring to create a pink swirl effect.
  • Using a piping bag or a spoon, drop dollops of the meringue mixture onto the prepared baking tray. Leave some space between each dollop.
  • If desired, sprinkle crushed candy canes on top of the meringues for extra flavour and decoration.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour or until the meringues are crisp on the outside and easily lift off the parchment paper.
  • Once done, turn off the oven and leave the meringues inside for an additional 30 minutes to an hour to dry out completely.
  • Remove the peppermint meringues from the oven and let them cool completely before serving.

Notes

You can adjust the amount of peppermint extract to your taste. Add more for a stronger peppermint flavour or less for a milder taste.
These meringues are great for holiday gatherings and can be stored in an airtight container for several days.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.

Nutrition

Calories: 25kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 0.4gFat: 0.03gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 6mgSugar: 6gCalcium: 0.3mgIron: 0.01mg
Keyword Food, Homemade, Meringues, Peppermint, Recipe
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