• France's news in English
The Local Recipes
How to make your own picnic-perfect meringues
Within an hour, you could make meringues like these yourself. Photo: Ariana Barkin

How to make your own picnic-perfect meringues

The Local · 15 May 2015, 14:07

Published: 15 May 2015 14:07 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

This classic technique is versatile, easy to colour, flavour, and garnish with endless possibilities. The meringue is a technique that is often used to construct more gourmand recipes but the meringue is equally as delightful on its own. The recipe I’m sharing applies to the Swiss method. 

This method involves cooking the whites before baking the meringue, which results in a more stable finished product, (compared to the French method, which is a raw meringue preparation). The Swiss meringue is a structured shell with a gooey to dry interior (the longer you leave the meringue in the oven, the more the centre dries).

This recipe is for rose and pistachio meringues, two-ways: one a plain meringue garnished with crystalized rose petals and nibbed pistachio, and the other a rose flavoured meringue garnished with nibbed pistachio. The combination is fresh and fragrant, as is spring in Paris.  


Yields approximately 50 4-centrimetre-diameter meringues

Preparation: 20-30 minutes

Cooking: 30-40 minutes

Keep: meringues keep for a few days in an airtight container


For the meringue:

4 egg whites

200 g sugar

a few drops of lemon juice*

Rose extract 

Red or pink food coloring


To garnish:

Nibbed, raw pistachios

Crystalized rose petals


Story continues below…

Meringues, at the heart of French pastry, do not require many ingredients, but preparing your workspace is crucial.

1.     First warm your bain marie. Place a shallow frying pan over a low heat, fill halfway with water, and place one sheet of paper towel (this will maintain the stability of the bowl while mixing). Next, prepare two trays by lining with parchment paper. Ensure all bowls and utensils are clean; fat residue can inhibit the meringue from forming.    

2.     In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites until foamy. Whisk in the sugar and lemon juice. Place over the bain marie and continue to whisk until warm to the touch. Your meringue will be thick and glossy. Remove from the heat and whisk until room temperature. Whisking by hand or with an electric-mixer, your meringue should reach medium-stiff peaks; the stiffer the meringue, the better it will hold its shape while piping.

3.     Fit two piping bags with a plain, 1cm nozzle. Spoon half of the mixture to one piping bag.  Pipe circles, or other desired shape, to prepared tray. Sprinkle crystalised rose petals and nibbed pistachio to half of each meringue. With the remaining mixture, flavour by adding rose extract until you achieve a faint fragrance (I use 6 drops for 135g of meringue, but the amount used depends on the extract and the amount of meringue) and red or pink food coloring. Place the rose meringue to a fitted piping bag and pipe to the second tray.  Sprinkle nibbed pistachio to half of each meringue.

4.     Bake meringues at 100C for 30 to 40 minutes. The meringues are done when they remove easily and clean from the tray.

Bon appétit! 

*The addition of the lemon juice is optional. The acid from the lemon juice will help to sustain the volume of the meringue.

Ariana Barkin
Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
How speaking French can really mess up your English
Photo: CollegeDegree360/Flickr

So you've mastered French, but now it's time to learn English all over again.

French claims that Jungle camp is empty are rubbished
Photo: AFP

Reports from the scene say scores of migrants are still in the area of the Jungle despite French authorities claiming "mission fulfilled."

Kidnapped Riviera millionaire left tied up in car boot in Nice
Photo: AFP

Head of luxury Cannes hotel has been found alive after being kidnapped in Nice on Monday.

Paris landlords still charging illegally high rents
Photo: Panoramas/Flickr

... and it's tenants in the smaller apartments that get hit the hardest. Could you be paying too much?

France takes baby steps to make life simpler
Photo: AFP

... including extending the ridiculously short time limit for registering a new baby.

IN PICTURES: Calais Jungle camp goes up in flames
All Photos: AFP

Migrants leave behind a scorched camp as they are moved to locations across France.

French expats in UK suffer Brexit abuse
French ambassador to the UK Sylvie Bermann with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Photo: AFP

French nationals no longer feel at home in the UK, ambassador says. But Brits in France have been greeted with sympathy since the referendum.

Six to go on trial in France over topless Kate photos
Photo: AFP

The topless pics sparked fury among the royals.

France sees biggest drop in jobless rate for 20 years
Photo: AFP

Good news at last. But it's unlikely to keep President François Hollande in his job.

Calais migrants given mixed reception in French towns
Photo: AFP

Some in France have shown solidarity with their new guests, while others have made it clear they are not welcome.

The annoying questions only a half French, half Brit can answer
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Forget Brangelina's chateau - here are nine others you've got to see
The must-see French films of the millennium - Part One
How life for expats in France has changed over the years
Why Toulouse is THE place to be in France right now
Video: New homage to Paris shows the 'real side' of city
The 'most dangerous' animals you can find in France
Swap London fogs for Paris frogs: France woos the Brits
Anger after presenter kisses woman's breasts on live TV
Is France finally set for a cold winter this year?
IN PICS: The story of the 'ghost Metro stations' of Paris
How to make France's 'most-loved' dish: Magret de Canard
Welcome to the flipside: 'I'm not living the dream in France'
Do the French really still eat frogs' legs?
French 'delicacies' foreigners really find hard to stomach
French are the 'world's most pessimistic' about the future
Why the French should not be gloomy about the future
This is the most useful French lesson you will ever have. How to get angry
Why is there a giant clitoris in a field in southern France?
French pastry wars: Pain au chocolat versus chocolatine
Countdown: The ten dishes the French love the most
Expats or immigrants in France: Is there a difference?
How the French reinvented dozens of English words
jobs available