Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Vacation


Vacation for whom exactly? OK, it is getting easier as the boys get older. Sunday the youngest Blandings and I baked Peppermint Meringues. Meringues, if you like them (and I am not sure that I do though I am giving them a rather good go) are a piece of cake. Um, a breeze. My youngest is a "picky eater" though we lovingly refer to it as Sensory Integration Disorder around here. Cooking helps with tasting and he is certainly developing an interest.


Getting to smash candy canes didn't hurt. Besides, we have now added the separation of eggs and identification of soft and stiff peaks to his repertoire. Not bad for a six-year-old. It's not a recipe for those with short attention spans, though it allows for plenty of activities in between steps. It is as follows:

Peppermint Meringues

2 egg whites
1/8 t salt
1/8 t cream of tartar
1/2 c white sugar
2 peppermint candy canes, crushed

Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with foil.

In a large glass or metal mixing bowl, beat egg whites, salt and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, continuing to beat until whites form stiff peaks. Drop by spoonfuls 1 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Sprinkle crushed candy canes over cookies.

Bake for 1.5 hours in preheated oven. Meringues should be completely dry on the inside. Do not allow to brown. Turn off oven. Keep oven door ajar and let meringues sit in oven until completely cool. Loosen from foil with metal spatula. Store loosely covered in cool dry place for up to 2 months.

I neither allowed them to cool completely, nor lifted them from the foil with a spatula and all seems well. It is likely that if I continue to eat two meringues every day to determine if I like them or not, I will eat all four dozen before the two months are up. They are particularly pretty.

Recipe courtesy of the Kansas City Star.

20 comments:

David said...

Two a day says they're probably not your favorite cookie, or you've got way more self-control than I. Either way you get major presentation points with your white jar on your red table. And yes, I was totally thinking of your jars when I bought mine. I've got a touch of finial envy.

Cote de Texas said...

Merry Christmas, my friend!!!!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Cooking with kids @ Christmas creates the best memories. Your recipe looks scrumptious. Wishing you and the whole Blanding family a joyous, memorable Christmas holiday ~ deb

Karena said...

I will definitely make these, yummy and easy!!

linda said...

Merry Christmas , Mrs B.
I'll try that recipe over the Christmas break with my daughter ! Looks so pretty!

Greet said...

Hi Patricia,
Si nice of you to share the recipe of the meringues!
Here in Belgium we like them a lot! I notice that you added peppermint! Must be very tasty! Here, we are not used to add peppermint!

I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and enjoy this beautiful time of the year!!!!
xx
Greet

Susan S. said...

Hi there.....I just popped into your blog from "Life at Home" and really am enjoying looking through your blog. Love your humor and those peppermint meringues look festive, fun and delicious. Merry Christmas from Houston, TX!

casapinka said...

Merry Christmas - this is a lovely Christmas present - yum! I think my kids would REALLY love to smash candy canes as would their mom. : )

lindaraxa said...

My children's brains are conditioned to think of meringues as a by product of hollandaise sauce. That's the only way I could get them to eat asparagus or artichokes and the simplest way to use up the leftover whites. The peppermint sounds terrific and I will keep it in mind for the next go around.

Merry Christmas and thanks for your help. Im following your advice!

mary said...

I love it!!!! Baking with a six year old is such an adventure. Good luck with the two-a-day program. Have a wonderful Christmas.

pve design said...

Oh- I can just imagine myself eating them all!
They look pretty in that dish!

home before dark said...

My picky (Noooooo I don't want my peas TOUCHING my mashed potatoes) eater became a chef. It's all in there somewhere and tends to cluster around control issues. The funniest part is now he dictates, and I mean dictates, cleanliness standards. Happy holidays to all the Blandings.

Mrs. Blandings said...

David - funny, because I think your finials are pretty terrif. And, really, I don't think I like them all that much but have no restraint to sweet and crunchy so I'm eating them anyway.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Susan - thanks for stopping by.

Mrs. Blandings said...

casapinka - really, the smashing was the best part. He also found adding sugar "gradually" a hoot. Sort of like culinary mother may I.

Mrs. Blandings said...

HBD - Hope springs eternal. Happiest of holidays to you.

Anonymous said...

I know it's a classic design, but the ginger jar reminds me of the containers they put "cremains" in. (And charge you $550 for.)

Mrs. Blandings said...

Anon - perfect! Mine were much less - one for me and one for Mr. B.

La Maison Fou said...

Merry Christmas to one of my own largely admired blogger's from which my own blog was born from inspiration gathered from creative people & intertesting discussions regarding Home Interiors!
Have a wonderful end of the year, and wishing you PEACE here on earth for the coming year!
Leslie
La Maison Fou

Millie said...

I reckon the Youngest Blandings will be able to recall making these with his Mother at Christmas in another 40 years & so will you. Its these moments that mean the most. Thank you Patricia for a year of quite the best posts. While the theme & accompanying images are always thought provoking, its your witty & insightful commentary that seal the deal for me. Warmest Christmas wishes to you & yours from across the Great Divide.
Millie ^_^