You know you’ve got a great topping when you want to eat it all by itself for dessert. Top a pie with this meringue. Layer it with ice cream! Or eat it all by itself! Dip cookies in. Make whoopie pies. The possibilities will start leaping through your mind once you’ve made it because you will be so delighted with the following specs:
It’s made with half the sweetener of most meringues.
You can choose between using honey, maple syrup or a combination of both (my personal favorite).
It’s super easy to make, and even fun to make!
You can fold it into whipped cream (see Recipe notes below for this variation) and have the most amazingly yummy thing ever!
You can keep it dairy-free and enjoy just how creamy it is!
The peppermint extract option is so so good, especially when folded with whipped cream, in my opinion.
Or keep it vanilla for more universal uses.
You can even make a less-sweetener marshmallow with it (again, see this variation below in Recipe notes).
As a side note, this is not the kind of meringue that gets baked and becomes crunchy. This meringue is a topping (or, again, eat it by itself with a spoon!) and is marshmallow-like.
Place water in small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over its surface. Set aside, allowing it to "bloom."
Beat the egg whites on high with an electric mixer or beaters until they become stiff, about 2 minutes.
In a small saucepan (choose a lightweight saucepan to make the next step easier) add the honey and/or maple syrup. Heat maple syrup & honey just to boiling, and then remove from heat. Swirl the pan as needed to evenly distribute the bubbles, when bringing to a boil.
Add the now solidified gelatin mixture to egg whites. While constantly beating, pour the hot syrup mixture into the fluffy egg whites and gelatin in a slow and steady stream.
Finally, add vanilla and continue to beat the mixture. Keep beating until it forms peaks. This step takes about 10 minutes. (You will see only a little change from 5 minutes to 10 minutes; but the extra time will yield the right texture.)
Once chilled this meringue will set. Use it right away if you wish to decorate with it.
Less-Sweet Marshmallows- Use 2 teaspoons gelatin instead of the 1-1/4 teaspoons the recipe calls for. Dust a casserole dish with cocoa powder and spread the meringue in immediately after it's finished; dust the top as well. Cut into cubes after chilling for 2-3 hours.
Whipped Cream- Whip 2 cups cold cream until stiff. Using a spatula, gently but completely fold in 1/2 the meringue. Delish! To make this variation GAPS-friendly, use cultured cream (such as Nancy's probiotic sour cream). Whip it lightly, to loosen and lighten it; then fold in the meringue.
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If you see the Variations in Recipe notes ^^^ above, you’ll notice that the second variation folds meringue into whipped cream. Here, below, is a photo, of this texture epiphany. It is THE yummiest topping under the sun. My favorite version includes the peppermint extract! Top ice cream or eat it directly with a spoon for swoon mouth-feel happiness! Just use the vanilla extract to top a pie…!