Friday, April 8, 2011

Cocoa Almond Meringues

As we make our way through Spring wishing we could put away the cold-weather gear (and the wet-weather gear) and fling open the doors and windows to warm sunny days... sigh... we are naturally going to be drawn to bright vibrant colors and flavors. Soon enough, everything colorful and petal-bedecked will find itself center-stage. And it's about time.

It's always the quiet ones
But here is a cookie of humble appearance that will show up all the fancier cookies. It's the kind of cookie that won't be reached for first in an assortment, but once it's tasted, well, there won't be any left on the tray at the end of the evening. Heck, even before I baked these up I just knew they were going to be great. How could I tell? Well for one thing, I wanted to just sit undisturbed and just eat the batter by the spoonful*.

Weather or not
Right now I'd dearly love to make more of these cookies. I won't though. They're meringues after all and the weather must be taken into consideration. It's dark and cloudy today, the back door is sticking and my old trick knee is forecasting rain. I'm just kidding about the knee. It doesn't do tricks or give me weather reports either. It does look like it may rain though which means low barometric pressure and bad weather for meringues. Make meringue cookies during weather like this and they will be sticky and chewy instead of crisp and airy. No lie. Chances are that if the sun is shining and your doors open and close without any resistance, it'll be a good day for making meringues.

Today is just not that day...
  • Cocoa Almond Meringues on page 155 of Baking: From My Home To Yours (2006). Or find it here at (in case you don't have the book yet).
*I really did want to... but I didn't.
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  1. YUMMM! I'll let you know when to make I am the one with the weather-indicating bones (no lie). Can't wait to try these :o)

  2. I kind of wish I could tell the weather with my bones. I think it must be kind of handy. Wouldn't you know (well you probably DID), the very next day was sunny and dry... so I didn't have to wait too terribly long for my meringue-fix!


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