Friday, July 25, 2008

Eggology Egg White Recipe of the Day: Strawberry Meringue Cookies

Recently Marye Audet sat down with the founder of Eggology for an interview for Love to Know Organics (see July 16, 2008 blog post about that interview). After the interview was over, Eggology sent over some egg whites for her to eggsperiment with . . . which she did and blogged about it. Turns out that Marye, who also writes for Baking Delights, discovered that fresh, organic Eggology egg whites have many more uses than just egg whites! (Which we knew, but always nice to have it validated by someone else!) In fact, she writes, that she "compared them to the whites from our own free range hens and there was virtually no difference in taste or quality." Indeed, she was "impressed"!

Marye used the egg whites for glazing bread, as a face mask and whipped them up into a "fluffy meringue". Which brings us to the recipe of the day! Who doesn't love a meringue cookie? So light and airy, they are the perfect afternoon treat.

The spring edition of Southern Lady magazine featured a twist on the traditional meringue cookie (noting to use "pasteurized eggwhites" from Eggology):
Strawberry Meringue Cookies

1/2 cup pasteurized Eggology egg whites, room temperature
1 teaspoon strawberry extract
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
2 drops red food coloring


Preheat oven to 215 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat Eggology egg whites, strawberry extract, and cream of tartar on medium speed until frothy. With mixer running, add confectioners' sugar in tablespoon increments. Add food coloring; continue beating until stiff peaks form. (Be careful not to over beat.)

Transfer mixture to a pastry bag or large zip-top bag fitted with large round tip. Pipe into 2-inch spirals on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, rotating once. Turn off oven, and open door. With meringues still inside oven, let dry out for 10 to 12 minutes.

Remove from oven. Remove parchment paper from baking sheet, and let meringues cool completely.

Order Eggology egg whites online or find them at a store near you!

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