Today, we've decided to whip up Funfetti Cake Batter's best friend which is a rainbow swirl meringue. Just in time for Wimbledon and will make a gorgeous treat teamed with Great British Strawberries and some lovely clotted cream. Yes, it's the longest day of the year today and summer has officially arrived!
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You will need (makes 24):
150g of granulated sugar
80g of fresh egg whites which are at room temperature
One pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Gel food colouring of your choice
255g of buttercream icing
80g of raspberry jam
A wooden skewer
Firstly, preheat the oven to 200 Fahrenheit or 95 degrees and line two baking trays with parchment paper. Add the sugar to a baking tray and bake for seven minutes. It's good if the edges start to caramelise. Then remove the sugar from the oven but leave the oven on.
In a large bowl, whip the egg whites with an electric mixer on a low speed until they appear foamy. Then add your salt and continue whipping on a high speed until a medium peak forms.
Add the pre-baked sugar to the egg whites one tablespoon at a time and increase the mixing speed as you add more sugar. When all of the sugar is added to the mixture then continue to mix for around 5 minutes until the consistency is thick and shiny. Add in the vanilla and mix until it is combined.
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Take a piping bag or zip-lock bag and put it in a tall drinking glass. Use your wooden skewers and lightly paint two thin stripes of different coloured gel food colouring on opposite sides of the bag. Then do the same with other bags and use different colours.
Fill each bag with the meringue batter and pipe 2cm wide 'kisses' of meringue onto the baking tray around 1cm apart. Bake for one hour or until it is easy to lift a meringue off the paper. Cool the meringues on the baking tray at room temperature.
To fill the meringue, simply pipe buttercream icing around the edge of a cookie and place a small dollop of jam in the centre, then sandwich together. Alternatively, have with strawberries and other yummies (we advise that Gookie Dough makes an appearance).
I'm sure Funfetti Cake Batter is a very proud friend. They may remind you of unicorn farts or a mermaids' buried treasure but isn't that the best thing about them? *Recipe credit to Tasty*