New Years Eve Coconut Meringue Kisses
Do you have someone to kiss at midnight? Fear not, I’ve got you covered with these NYE Coconut Meringue Kisses!
I love everything about meringue kisses: their crisp outer shell and soft marshmallowy centre; the fact that they are so versatile and can be decorated any way you like; the list goes on.
When I’ve made these in the past I’ve focused more on the aesthetics, painting them with green and red stripes. But this year I’ve gone for a much more subtle design.
White, silver and copper pearls are scattered over the meringue immediately before baking for a chic, elegant look. With their shimmering sprinkles, these meringue kisses are perfect for serving at your New Years Eve party!
They are pretty sweet so I recommend serving with a lovely dry champagne or prosecco.
Perfecting flavoured meringue
If you’ve ever tried flavouring meringue you’ll know that some flavourings just don’t work. Anything wet is basically a complete no-go – forget fruit juice or liquid flavour extracts! Instead, powdered/dry flavourings work best.
Desiccated coconut being nice and, well, dry is ideal!
You follow the same process as you ordinarily would when making meringue, you simply fold in a couple of tablespoons of desiccated coconut before you transfer the mix to your piping bag. It really is that simple!
Feel free to experiment with your own flavours so long as they are in dried powder form (like freeze dried raspberries or cocoa powder).
Coconut Meringue Kisses
- Place the caster sugar into an oven dish and place into a hot oven (220C/200C) for roughly 5 minutes until the sugar is hot but not yet melted.
- Take the sugar out of the oven and immediately begin whisking the egg whites in a large bowl.
- Once the egg whites have formed stiff peaks, turn the whisk speed to maximum and begin adding the warm sugar one spoon at a time.
- Make sure that the egg whites are forming stiff peaks again before adding in the next spoon full.
- Once all of the sugar has been added to the mixture, add in the desiccated coconut and whisk on high for another 5 minutes to ensure the egg whites are thick, firm and glossy.
- Fill a piping bag with the meringue and cut a large opening at the bottom of each bag.
- Pipe a small amount of meringue on to a large baking tray and then line the tray with grease proof paper (the little bit of meringue in each corner will help it stick).
- Pipe the meringue kisses by holding the piping bag upright, squeeze gently and lift away as you stop applying pressure.
- Repeat over and over again until the whole baking sheet is covered and all the meringue used up.
- Sprinkle over oven safe sprinkles (i.e. ones that won't melt) if using.
- Cook the meringues in the centre of the oven for 30-45 minutes at 100C/80C or until the meringue kisses come off of the baking paper without leaving their bottoms behind.
- Allow to cool completely before eating.