Rose Meringues are an elegant treat, delicately flavored with rosewater and tinted a pale blush pink- they’re almost too pretty to eat!In honor of Valentine’s Day these gorgeous Rose Meringues are my virtual gift to you. I mean, I know you’d have to actually go and make them yourself and all- some gift, huh? But I assure you they are so worth it. I’m a sucker for any and all rose flavored desserts, and these are so tasty you’ll want to eat the whole batch in one sitting.
First of all, they require minimal effort- your mixer does all the work to whip the simple mixture of egg whites, sugar, rose water and the teeniest bit of pink food coloring into a dreamy, rose scented cloud. The only elbow grease you’ll need to eek out- I promise it’s minimal and actually lots of fun- is piping them into pretty rosette shapes.
If you’ve never done this before, don’t worry- it’s a breeze and you’ll be a total pro after a couple of practice roses! I recommend using a Wilton 1M tip attached to a piping bag. If you want perfectly uniform roses you could trace circles onto your parchment paper- I didn’t bother with this but I thought it was worth mentioning. Hold your piping bag upright at a 90 degree angle and start piping in a circular motion from the inside and work your way out, then to finish stop applying pressure and gently pull the tip away.
The hardest part is waiting for these pretties to bake and cool so you can get to enjoying them already! Low and slow is the name of the game when it comes to meringues, so here are my suggestions for how to pass the time, because let’s be honest- 90 minutes is excruciating when we’re waiting for dessert, so distractions are welcome.
- Reorganize your clothing drawers- you know they desperately need it.
- DO YOUR TAXES. Yeah, you haven’t done yours yet? Me either (shudders).
- Adult coloring books. My personal favorite. I hear they’re all the rage and quite relaxing.
And before you know it, an hour and a half has just flown by, and you can finally enjoy these light, crisp, rose flavored confections. Did I mention they’re a fat free, low calorie dessert? Yes, they exist. So go ahead, eat your heart out.
- 4 egg whites
- ¾ cup caster sugar
- ½ teaspoon rose water
- pink gel food coloring (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 200°.
- Whip the egg whites on high speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
- Gradually, and very slowly, add the sugar, while continuing to whip. Mixture should be very stiff and glossy.
- Add the rose water and 1-2 drops of food coloring (if using) to a small bowl, and fold about a cup of the meringue in.
- Transfer the mixture back into the meringue, and fold gently to combine until color is evenly distributed.
- Pipe rosettes onto parchment lined baking sheets, and bake for about 1½ hours or until the meringues are very dry and peel off the parchment easily.