Our adorable Snowman Meringue is a favourite on the Festive Afternoon Tea! Follow this recipe from The Lowry Hotel Pasty Chef's to make your own at home! (Makes 8)
3 large egg whites
175 g Fine Caster Sugar
Orange Royal Icing
Black Icing Pen
(Tip: For making Meringues of a different size, remember the sugar to egg white ratio is always 2:1)
1. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and preheat the oven to 130ºC, fan 110ºC, gas 3.
2. Separate the egg yolk from the white into a clean, dry bowl. (A metal bowl works best).
(Tip: Freezing your egg whites overnight then defrosting them to room temperature makes them easier to whisk)
3. Whisk the egg whites with a handheld electric whisk, until the mixture stands in stiff peaks. (STOP HERE....don't over whisk the eggs as this will make them grainy.)
4. While whisking continuously, add your sugar to your egg whites, one tablespoon at a time. Stop when the sugar is gone and the meringue is thick and glossy.
(Tip: If you prefer a chewier meringue, gently fold in 1tsp of white wine vinegar and 2 tsp of cornflower in at this stage)
5. Fill a piping bag fitted with a round nozzle with your meringue mixture.
Pipe a wide circle then gently pull upwards to create a cone-shaped body, wait a few seconds, then add a quick circle for the head.
(Tip: The Meringues may spread slightly, so be careful not to pipe too close together)
6. Bake the meringues for 30 minutes, then drop the temperature down to 100C and bake for an additional 50 minutes. Turn the oven off and allow the meringues to cool in the oven.
(Tip: Leave the meringues alone! You may be tempted to check on your Snowmen, but refrain from opening the oven door when cooking)
7. While you wait for your meringue to cool. Take little balls of the orange icing and pinch them into cones for a carrot nose.
(Tip: We also rolled out a red coloured icing to make a scarf for our snowman, but you can use icing to fashion any accessory you'd like)
8. Once your meringues are cool. Use the black icing pen to pipe eyes onto the face and buttons on the body. Use dab of icing on the flat end of your carrot to stick it to your snowman's face.
8. Enjoy your melt-in-the-mouth delicious Snowman! Try them with a cup of Tea From The Manor Christmas Blend or floating on top of a mug of hot chocolate!