September 24, 2017

Meringue Cookie Recipe

French Meringue cookies, aside from being just about the sweetest, best tasting cookie around, are also the most frugal and economical of desserts.  With only 2 egg whites and less than 1 cup of sugar you get over a dozen of these delightful cookies!  And, you need not waste the yolks from these two large eggs,  put them aside as use them as the egg wash for your homemade Challahs (homemade challahs also being quite frugal & much more delicious).  I use only the yolks for my egg wash it gives a gorgeous dark sheen to the top of the Challaot.

I know that Meringue cookies can be intimidating to make and I’ll admit that the first few times I tried to make theme they flopped.  But the secret to all good cooking is, of course, the right recipe.  This recipe is so simple, uses 4 ingrediants and takes about 10 minutes to make.  My Meringues come out perfect every time.

So here’s my recipe for Meringue Cookies:

Ingredients:

2 large egg whites

1/8 tsp. salt

3/4 tsp.of vinegar

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

2/3 cup of sugar

Directions:

heat oven to 250 F

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

1. With electric mixer on med-high speed, beat egg whites in large bowl until foamy. Add salt and vinegar and continue beating until soft peaks form (about 3-4 minutes)

2. Add vanilla and sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, and continue beating until mixture is glossy and stiff, about 2 – 4 more minutes.    There should be peaks forming that are beginning to stiffen.  This is what the mixture should look like when its ready.

 

 

3. Using a tablespoon, gently spoon spoonfuls of mixuture onto baking sheets about 1 inch apart.

4.  Put baking sheets into the 275 degree oven and bake for 20 minutes.  Then turn the oven off and leave the meringues in overnight or for about 6 hours.  They will cook and cool off and be perfect in the morning.

Enjoy!

For some of my other favorite recipes, check out my recipe for Crock Pot Apple Crumble or my addictive garlicy tomato dip.

Lag B’Omer & 3 Year Old Boys

Lag B’Omer is almost here and along with bonfires, shopping and musical instruments, we get haircuts.  Especially that special haircut for adorable little boys who have turned the precious age of three years old.

For those of you who are ‘in the parsha’ as we like to say, those who have 3 year olds ready for an upsherin, 3 year old grandsons, nephews or close friends, M&M Designs makes some really special edible treats customized for your special party.  Some of the most popular of these treats are the custom upsherin cookies.  (by the way, they also make cookies, brownie bits, cake bites and pops for any of your occasions).

It is a common Jewish custom to allow a boy’s hair to grow untouched until he’s three years old.  On his third birthday, friends are invited to a haircutting ceremony—called an upsherin in Yiddish, and a chalakah by Sephardic Jews.  From this point on, a child is taught to wear a kipah and tzitzit and learns his first Hebrew letters, alef – beis with some honey to remember that Torah learning is as sweet as honey.

There is also a very different German/Yekkish custom to create something called a wimple for a boy to use to celebrate his turning three, instead of an upsherin.  A wimple is a beautiful large piece of cloth (about 10 foot long banner) that the child wraps around the sefer Torah.  It is designed with the child’s name and some pesukim wishing the child to grow up to be a great person who does Mitzvos.  It contains beautiful pictures and designs.  Check out this beautiful custom made wimple made by Not2Shabbey.com.  You can also find custom embroidered Yarmulkes & hand painted tzitzit for that special 3 year old from Not2Shabbey as well.

Lag BaOmer falls this year on Thursday, May 10, 2012.  It is celebrated with outings, bonfires, and other joyous events.  Lag BaOmer also carries the theme of the imperative to love and respect one’s fellow and, back to my upshurin theme, many use the celebratory day as a time to give their 3 year old son their first haircut, since the days from Passover until Lag B’Omer, are considered a period of mourning.