Crushed meringue for ice-cream topping

August 26, 2011
0 Ratings
  • Makes 2-3 cups
Author Notes

When I make custards, puddings, crème caramel and other desserts with egg yolks, I often have egg whites left over, which I freeze. Then, when I am running out of those small freezing containers, it's time to make meringue. This is a crushed version, coffee- or chocolate flavored. Both go well with vanilla ice-cream. —Nadia Hassani

What You'll Need
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons instant espresso or unsweetened cocoa, to taste
  • Canola oil or another neutral-tasting oil for spraying
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. If using frozen egg whites, thaw them in the refrigerator.
  2. Mix the sugar with the instant espresso.
  3. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Line a jelly roll pan with aluminum foil sprayed with oil.
  4. Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they are very stiff, gradually adding the sugar and the vanilla.
  5. Spread the batter evenly onto the aluminum foil and bake for 60 minutes, until dry to the touch. Remove the pan from the oven and leave the oven on. Transfer the meringue onto a large cutting board and peel off the aluminum foil. It’s OK if it breaks into many pieces, as it will be crushed anyway.
  6. Coarsely chop the meringue with a large knife and spread it out on the jelly roll pan. Bake for another 30 minutes, until the meringue has barely any moist spots left. Turn off the oven but leave the meringue in with the door closed, which will dry it further.
  7. After the meringue is cooled completely, store in tin cans. It keeps for several weeks.

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2 Reviews

Sagegreen August 26, 2011
We think alike! I just baked tons of meringue (leftover from ice cream making)and flavored it with dried ginger (baked on parchment as individual nests for pavlova). I make Eton Mess with some to store in the freezer. Your idea of baking a roll is really an interesting innovation.
Nadia H. August 26, 2011
Good to know there are other cooks out there with small containers labeled "1 EW", "2 EW" etc. crowding their freezer shelves. - Dried ginger in meringue sounds interesting, that should go well with sorbet. Also, have never tried Eton Mess, good idea.