With mixed weather over the summer holidays, we asked our master baker Jason for some tips and recipes for baking with your little ones when the British summer isn’t on our side. Here is one of his favourite recipes for rainbow meringues – his top advice is keep it simple and fun so they can join in as much as possible.
Rainbow Meringues (About 21)
300g White caster sugar
5 Egg whites
½tsp Vanilla extract
Food colouring various colours
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C and warm the sugar for 5 mins on a tray.
While this is heating up, beat the egg whites in a bowl for a few minutes gently, until bubbles start forming. This is a fun thing for kids to keep their eyes on. Once you start to see bubbles, beat more rapidly until they start to form stiff peaks, then add in the sugar from the oven and vanilla extract. You’ll know when the mix is ready as you can hold the bowl over your head and nothing will fall out!
Turn the oven down to 120°C, ready to bake your meringue mix.
Continue to beat for about 7 mins, until the mixture turns glossy. This is also a key marker for kids to look out for. Prepare 2 x baking trays lined with paper.
To inject the rainbow colour onto the meringues, brush the inside of a piping bag with food colouring and squeeze out small blobs of the mix onto baking paper.
Bake for 1 hr, turning the heat down to 100°C for the final 30 mins. Remove from the oven and cool on wire racks
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