Chocolate Swirl Meringues (KBB 4)

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Yes, this is still one of my overdue assingment =). I never thought that meringue will take shape like the above swirls. I always thought meringue as that doey and whitish mixture you find on top of klappertaarts or desserts. The recipe is very simple. Too simple, I thought at first. I did not realize that a certain amount of egg whites and sugar are enough to make hard and round swirls. For those sweet-tooths out there, this is a perfect dessert for you. As for me, I will opt for something less sweet =)

The Story Behind The Scene.
I did not run into much problems in making these meringues. The recipe is pretty straightforward. Just make sure you follow the recipe carefully, you will end up with a nice firm batch to pipe into swirls.

I gathered all the things I need and weighted them.

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The egg whites and sugar over a pan of hot water.

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let the electric mixer do its job.

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Oops. I put too much cocoa =).

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Pipe it into swirls and pop ‘em into the oven.
*Sorry I did not have picture of these baked meringues.

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Recipe in English
Source: Taste. Makes 6.

4 egg whites
225g caster sugar
1 tsps cornflour
1 rounded Tbs cocoa powder
thickened cream to serve

Preheat the oven to 150C fanbake. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Put the egg whites and caster sugar in a large heatproof bowl and sit over a pan of simmering water. Don’t let the bottom of the bowl touch the water or the
egg whites will scramble. Stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar has completely dissolved and the mixture is quite hot to touch, then immediately remove from the heat.

Whisk egg white mixture using a hand-held electric beater for about 10-15 minutes until very thick, white and glossy. Mix in the cornflour. Sieve in the cocoa powder and, using a large metal spoon, very lightly fold into the meringue using 2-3 strokes. Don’t mix it thoroughly.

Spoon the mixture (you can pipe it with the piping bag, if you wish-ab) onto the prepared baking sheets in 6 large spoonfuls, making each one as peaky as possible (don’t have to do this when you want to make 10 small meringues-ab). Put the baking tray in the oven, reduce the temperature to 120C and cook for 1 hour 15 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the meringues inside until completely cold. Serve with thickened cream.

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Bahasa Indonesia.
Sumber: Taste. (Untuk 6 porsi (besar), 10 porsi (kecil))

Ketentuan: Hasil akhir meringues harus tetap putih dan sudah masak; variasi sajian diserahkan kepada selera masing-masing (misalnya dengan menambahkan buah-buahan kesukaan anda dan keluarga, dsb)

Note: Resep meringues ini mempunyai teknik yang unik yaitu dengan merebus gula dan putih telur dengan panas yang sangat kecil di dalam mangkuk yang diletakkan di atas panci yang berisi air panas. Tingkat kegagalan bisa saja tinggi dan bisa saja rendah. Kunci kesuksesannya adalah saat merebus putih telur, jika api terlalu tinggi, bisa jadi putih telur akan berubah jadi putih telur rebus. Resep ini menantang untuk dicoba! Selamat berjuang!

4 putih telur
225g gula kastor
1 sdt tepung maizena
1 sdm coklat bubuk
thickened cream untuk sajian

Panaskan oven suhu 150C fanbake (kalo ga punya fanbake pake 120C aja, setting bake). Campur putih telur dan gula di dalam mangkuk tahan panas yang diletakkan di atas panci berisi air panas. Jangan sampai pantat mangkuk menyentuh air karena putih telur akan bergumpal-gumpal. Aduk pakai sendok kayu hingga gula betul2 larut dan adonan terasa panas jika disentuh, lalu angkat dari kompor.

Kocok adonan putih telur dan gula ini menggunakan mixer selama 10-15 menit sampai betul2 kental, putih dan mengkilap. Masukkan tepung maizena. Ayak coklat bubuk, lalu masukkan ke dalam adonan meringue menggunakan sendok metal dengan 2-3 kali aduk. Jangan aduk sampai rata.

Sendokkan (diijinkan menggunakan piping bag-ab) ke atas loyang 6 buah. Buatlah setiap tumpukan setinggi mungkin (kecuali jika ingin membuat 10 buah meringue kecil-ab). Masukkan ke dalam oven, turunkan suhu seketika ke 120C (yang tadi menggunakan 150C fanbake, jika yang menggunakan setting bake 120C tidak perlu menurunkan suhu oven lagi) dan panggang selama 1 jam 15 menit (tergantung panasnya oven masing-masing ya-ab). Matikan oven dan tinggalkan meringue di dalamnya sampai betul-betul dingin. Sajikan dengan krim kental.

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