Meringue snowmen

Meringue snowmenI spotted these Meringue snowmen on my friend C’s Facebook page and thought they were such fun that she has kindly told us how to make them. She says “They are super super easy and require absolutely no skill whatsoever!”

Meringue snowmen

Ratio for meringue is the standard 1 egg :  2oz white castor sugar, method is also standard…. Whisk eggs on medium speed until they form stiff peaks (that’s when you tip the bowl over your head if you are very, very brave).  Add the sugar a teaspoon at a time while whisking then turn the mixer up to max and whisk until all the sugar has dissolved (check by rubbing a small amount between finger and thumb – if you can still feel sugar, keep whisking).

Meringue snowmen

Using a piping bag and large plain nozzle, pipe large and small blobs onto a baking sheet lined with lift-off paper, tamp down any unsightly spikes with a damp finger and cook for 4 – 5 hours in the simmering oven (or on a very low heat).  Stick the heads and bodies together with a fairly stiff icing sugar/water mixture and decorate with melted chocolate and fondant icing coloured with appropriate food colouring. The flat snowmen are easier to pipe as you do it all in one go and keep the ‘head spike’ as a nose!