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They say cooking is love made edible but in a busy day-to-day life, it can be difficult to fit preparing food with love among everything else. And if your significant other is hoping that a romantic homemade Valentine's Day meal is on the cards, don't worry, we've got you covered.
Step one (and the only step of this guide for Valentine's Day) is to stop by your nearest Avoca Foodhall and pick up any of our scrumptious to-go meals for a delicious yet easy to make meal.
Featured above: Avoca Pancetta and Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Marsala €14.95 , Avoca Rich Raspberry Tart 7" €15.95 and Avoca Valentine's Sweet Kisses €6.95 for 5.
But if you really want to show someone that you love them you can make your own meringue kisses. Or you can just pick them up instore. (We won't tell.)
Giant Meringues with Pistachios.
(To make the kisses use smaller portions of the mixture and substitute the pistachios with raspberry purée. Sandwich the meringues with buttercream icing and seal it with a kiss.)
Pre-heat the oven to 110°c / gas mark ½
360g caster sugar
6 large egg whites (room temperature)
40g pistachios, finely chopped
While we’ve gone for this flavour combination this time this recipe is made for experimentation – Why not try adding 40g chopped walnuts and 1tbsp coffee essence or 1tbsp raspberry purée or strawberry purée or a drop of red food colouring
1. Line a flat baking sheet with a piece of baking parchment.
2. Place the egg whites in a spotlessly clean metal or glass bowl, not plastic as it can absorb grease which could affect the volume of your egg whites as they are whisked.
3. Add in half the sugar and, using an electric mixer with a balloon whisk attachment, whisk until the mixture forms soft peaks and is visibly increased in volume. Continue whisking, adding the remaining sugar in three stages, allowing the mixture to absorb the sugar between each addition. This will take about 10-15 minutes, by which the meringues should have formed stiff peaks. Using a metal spoon gently fold in the pistachios and rosewater, or your flavour of choice.
4. Use 2 large serving or kitchen spoons to place 8 oval-shaped meringues on the baking sheet allowing plenty of room between each meringue as they will double in size.
Bake in the oven for about 90 minutes depending on their size. You will know they are cooked when they can be easily lifted off the paper.