Jewish Espresso Meringues -Lars Wentrup and Lisa Nieschlag

These Jewish espresso meringues are a fabulous hybrid between a dessert and an afternoon tea treat. Light and airy, these sweets are guaranteed to lift you out of any afternoon slump.

Makes 30–40 small meringues

Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites at room temperature (from large eggs)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar powder
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • 175 g (generous ¾ cup) sugar
  • 2–4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 150 g (5½ oz) semi-sweet cooking chocolate
  • About 50 g (⅓ cup) chopped almonds

Preheat the oven to 100°C (200°F) and line a baking tray with baking paper. Whisk the egg whites and salt, gradually adding the baking powder and espresso powder. As the mixture starts to thicken, gradually add the two types of sugar, best spoonful by spoonful. Continue to whisk at high speed until the mixture forms glossy peaks.

Transfer the meringue mass to a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe small rounds (4–5 cm/1½–2 inches) onto the baking paper, keeping them a little apart. Gently dry the meringues in the preheated oven for about 2 hours, trying not to open the oven door. Switch off the oven and keep the oven door just a tiny bit open with the end of a wooden spoon. Leave the meringues in the oven for another 10 minutes, then transfer them onto a wire rack and leave to cool fully.

Melt the chocolate over a double boiler; set aside and leave to cool a little. Meanwhile, dry-roast the almonds in a pan until golden brown. Dip the meringue tips into the melted chocolate, allow excess chocolate to drain and sprinkle with the chopped, toasted almonds. Leave to set.

Recipes and Images from New York Capital of Food by Lisa Nieschlag & Lars Wentrup published by Murdoch Books RRP$ 39.99

New York Capital of Food – Lars Wentrup and Lisa Nieschlag

This book is a beautiful introduction to New York and is full of fabulous food and places.

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