Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Cocoa Almond Meringues
This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was selected by Mike of Ugly Food for an Ugly Dude. He chose Cocoa Almond Meringues. These meringues contain ground almonds, cocoa, and chopped chocolate (or mini chips). I had bought meringues at the store before and had liked them, but I had never made them at home. I don’t know why because they are really good! You can get the complete recipe on Mike’s blog and you can also check out the Tuesdays with Dorie site to see the links from all the bakers.
Meringues aren’t really the best cookie to make in the summer, since you have to leave the oven on for a fairly long time. Our summer in Seattle has been fairly bad, and while the last week has been nice, it’s still only the mid-70s here. This summer, having the oven on has been no problem at all, so I’ve been happy. I’m not really much for warm weather anyway. Anyway, these bake for a couple of minutes at a “normal” temperature and then bake for an hour in a 200 degree oven.
I made a half batch, but still got about 20 cookies, so I think my meringues were on the small side. It’s hard to tell when these are done, and I didn’t want to open the oven too much to check since I figured that may adversely change the oven’s temperature. I baked mine exactly as the recipe specified and my meringues were perfect. The day they were baked they were crispy on the outside and just a tiny bit chewy in the middle. They got chewier the next day. These have a nice chocolate flavor, sweet but still light. I really enjoyed these and I think I will try making some other meringues soon!
Recipe from Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, page 155