Wednesday, 17 December 2014

How to Make Meringue Snowmen

Do you wanna build a snowman?
These little meringue treats are the perfect kitchen craft for kids big and small - either on their own
 or as a food toppers.

1 egg white and 40g of fine caster sugar made a total of 10 snowmen for me - but it all really depends on the sizes you want to create.  Using my new favourite method [the meringue girls way] I whipped up my meringue and transferred in to a piping bag:
Creating a variety of sizes, I piped meringue flat balls [sort of] around my lined baking tray - used the tip of the piping bag to level off tops so that stacking them later is easier [but don't worry if you forget/don't, I have a trick later on to do this without smashing the meringue]:
Once you have created as many meringue snowmen pieces as possible, pop the tray in a oven at around 90 degrees C for 2 hours:
Once ready [they should be easily removed from the baking sheet] you can start building.
Arrange your shapes so that you can stack them - if you have a shape that needs leveling at the top or bottom, simply apply a little pressure against a work surface and wriggle the meringue a little to flatten.
Then attach your snowballs together with a little melted chocolate or icing:
...and as a final detail [and excuse to buy more chocolate], I added a chocolate Rolo hat to a few,
fixed in place with more melted chocolate:
[do I just about get away with it? If time had allowed, I would have swapped the chocolate buttons for giant ones, to place under the rolo and act as a hat rim - next year.....]

Once you are happy with your heights and snowman shapes, you can begin decorating.
With a black icing writing pen, I added very simple eyes and buttons:
[you could also use sprinkles and sugar shapes to create decorative buttons]
...before finally adding an orange nose:
[if you have time, you could pipe royal icing details such as a carrot nose, scarf or piped chocolate arms to attach with more chocolate or icing]
They don't exactly look like Raymond Briggs snowmen, but they still look pretty cute.
add cocktail sticks to the bottoms to help secure them in any cakes, cupcakes or Christmas cakes:
more Christmas meringue here.
see you next time x
P.S - sorry if Frozen songs are now stuck in your head for the rest of eternity [as if they weren't already].

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