Taking advantage of downtime when you have two little kids is an exercise in advance planning – you never know exactly when they are going to start playing together thereby giving you a precious 10 minutes or so to do your own thing. So the smart mom has a stack of things to tackle when the opportunity arises, and the earnest mom jumps into cleaning. But as for me, I just rifle through a cookbook.
This is how I happened on Jamie Oliver’s Meringue recipe. In the book, Jamie at Home, it looks INSANELY good. He has it topped with toasted nuts, pears, chocolate and whipped cream. I knew that his version would be a bit much for my kids, but I figured we could use the basic concept anyway.
Here’s the thing – if you have 4 eggs, a cup of sugar, and an hour, you can make a gorgeous rustic homemade dessert with very little effort at all. I topped mine with a bit of melted chocolate and some whipped cream, and everyone loved it.
- 4 eggs, separated
- 1 generous cup sugar
- pinch of salt
- toppings of your choice
Preheat oven to 300. Beat the egg whites until they hold stiff peaks. Add sugar and salt and mix another 5 – 8 minutes more, until the mix does not feel granular when you rub a bit between your fingers. Turn the eggs onto a parchment lined baking sheet and swirl it into a large oval. Bake for 1 hour. Top with whatever you like just before serving.