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Sweet Eats: Christmas Meringue Kisses

Meringue is one of the most versatile recipes to have in your back pocket. This fluffy sweet confectionery can be transformed into so many different desserts: Eton mess, Pavlova and baked Alaska, but they are equally delicious as meringue kisses.

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Always use whole eggs and separate the eggs from the yolks to make meringue—boxed egg whites never quite whip up to form soft peaks, the same way as whole eggs.

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Meringue Kisses

Ingredients:

5 egg whites
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
Red food coloring
Piping bag
Star tip or 1” round tip
Paint brush

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Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Before whisking your meringue, prepare your piping bag. Place the tip in the bag and using your paint brush, brush stripes of food colouring inside the bag (painting 3 or four stripes around the inside of the bag). Set aside in a large pint glass for easy filling.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the egg whites on medium until frothy. Add the salt and vanilla. Turn the mixer onto medium-high and add the sugar, 1 Tablespoon at a time.
  4. Once all the sugar has been added, continue to whisk until the meringue is shiny and very stiff, about 5 minutes. Put the meringue into the prepared piping bag and pipe meringue kisses 1” apart.
  5. Bake for 1 hour or until the meringues are dry and can be lifted easily off the parchment paper. Let cool completely.
  6. *Alternatively use green food colour to make mini Christmas trees. Use a star tip and pipe one big kiss with two smaller ones on top to create a tree. Bake for 2 to 2½ hours until dry. Decorate with royal icing and sprinkles.

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SONY DSC Miranda Keyes is a freelance food stylist, recipe developer and writer who used to live in London, UK but moved back to Canada for nanaimo bars, maple syrup and poutine. To learn more about her, follow her on Instagram @littlemirandapiggy and Twitter @mirandaak.

5 Ways To Master Phyllo Pastry

Transforming this wispy-thin pastry into a myriad of festive options is easier than you think. From a delightful cherry almond strudel to brunch-friendly smoked ham and egg cups, here are five reasons to get your phyllo on right now.

1. Phyllo Egg Cups with Ham and Cheese

Churning out brunch for a crowd with the ease of a seasoned line cook is a breeze with these delightfully light phyllo pastry cups, filled with smoked ham, shredded cheese and eggs, all baked to a golden brown perfection.

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2. Cherry Almond Strudel

Brimming with ripe, juicy cherries encased in crisp, flaky layers of phyllo pastry and topped with a dusting of cinnamon, brown sugar and almonds, this delicate and sophisticated treat is a cinch to pull off thanks to the PC® Black Label Sour Cherry Fruit Spread.

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3. Classic Greek Baklava

Dripping with honey and crunchy bits of walnut, this showstopper dish is where phyllo pastry really shines. Serve alongside grapes and a dollop of Greek yogurt to balance out the sweetness of this classic Greek dessert.

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4. Tomato Cheese Tart

This knock-out recipe for savoury tomatoes on a crisp, buttery tart can be thrown together in a snap, making it the perfect recipe to have on hand during the holiday season.

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5. Camembert Feuilletee with Apricot Syrup and Pistachios

Sweet apricot, creamy Camembert and pistachio, all wrapped up in a buttery phyllo purse is bound to become a dinner party staple. Because who doesn’t love melted cheese paired with fruit and nuts?