Friday, October 4, 2013

Meringue Ghosts

Have you ever seen a ghost? Well, I haven't. I have family members who have said they have. Our oldest son house sat one time and he claims our house is haunted. I have never seen anything unusual. My husband has never seen any ghost in our house until now. He saw many hanging out in our kitchen on my baking sheet. He called the kids to the kitchen to show them the ghost. He told them they had to be real quiet. They were quiet as my husband looked out the kitchen window. They looked out the window searching for the ghost. Then he turned and showed them how our kitchen had a few ghost hanging around. The ghost didn't stay around long since the kids ate them. The poor ghost were gone within no time. I'm unsure if they will return again this year. However, I have a feeling they will be back again this time next year.
Meringue Ghosts
9 egg whites
3/4 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
4 Tbsp sugar 
1/8 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. 
  3. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar, and vanilla extract until soft peaks form.
  4. Slowly add one Tbsp at a time of the sugar while beating the mixture.
  5. Continue to beat the mixture until stiff glossy peaks form. 
  6. In a large resealable food storage plastic bag, spoon half the mixture into the bag.
  7. Cut one corner of the bag and pipe ghost shapes onto the baking sheet. Form a circle for the head and zip zap lines moving downwards for the body.
  8. Insert two chocolate chips  into the circle head shape to form the eyes.
  9. Bake the meringues for 45 minutes and check the mixture has set. 
  10. Leave the meringues in the closed oven for 8 hours.
Recipe adapted from Pillsbury Easy Halloween cookbook #349.

One year ago..................................I made Vanilla Cupcakes.
Two years ago...............................I made Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies.
Did you already know...................
-If more than one person sees a ghost, it is called a collective apparition.
-According to a 2005 Gallop Poll, one third of Americans believe in ghosts.
-Other names for ghosts are: specter, phantom, wraith, spirit, and apparition.

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