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Christmas tree meringues

  • Vegetarian Diet

    Diet based on cereals, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and other animal foods such as honey and eggs. Excludes meat, fish, mollusks.

  • Gluten Free Diet

    Excludes foods containing gluten, such as wheat, barley, rye and their by-products.

Christmas tree meringues

Method

For the meringue

  • For the meringue, you need a mixer and you need to make sure that its bowl is spotless.
  • With the whisk attachment at medium-high speed, beat the egg whites, salt, food coloring paste, and vanilla extract, until fluffy.
  • Add the granulated sugar in 10 batches and wait for it to become fluffy.
  • As soon as it becomes fluffy and glossy, taste a little of the meringue to check if the granulated sugar is completely dissolved. If it’s not dissolved, keep beating a while longer.
  • When the mixture is ready, add the icing sugar and beat in the mixer for 10 more seconds, until your mixture is homogenized.
  • Preheat the oven to 100οC (212ο F) set to fan.
  • At the same time, draw 4 stars of a 12 cm diameter, 4 of an 8cm diameter, and 4 of a 4 cm diameter, with a marker on parchment paper pieces.
  • Flip the parchment paper onto baking sheets so that the drawn side is facing downwards.
  • Place the mixture into a pastry bag with a star pastry tip and start forming the stars on top of the parchment paper that you have drawn.  
  • With the remaining meringue, make some tree-shaped Christmas meringues.
  • Bake for 2 hours.
  • Remove the baking sheets from the oven and let the meringues cool completely, for 2 hours.

For the whipped cream

  • After the meringues are cooled down, prepare the whipped cream.
  • In a mixer’s bowl, add the cold heavy cream, icing sugar, and vanilla extract.
  • Beat at high speed until the whisk starts leaving lines onto the beaten whipped cream which has a yogurt-like texture. Do not beat it more as it will split!
  • The time needed for that depends on the heavy cream’s fat, how cold the cream is and how strong your mixer is.
  • Then, stop the mixer and remove the bowl.
  • If you want to use it right away, beat it for a few seconds with a hand whisk so that it becomes thicker.
  • Transfer into a pastry bag with a star pastry tip.

To assemble

  • Start setting your tree by placing a big star onto a platter.
  • Divide some of the whipped cream.
  • Continue the same meringue-whipped cream process, by starting from the largest star and ending up to the smallest.
  • At the top, decorate with one of the Christmas trees that you made from the meringue.
  • Dust with icing sugar and serve.

 

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Nutritional
Chart

Nutrition information per portion

154
Calories (kcal)
8 %

Calories

Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

6.4
Total Fat (g)
9 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

4.1
Saturated Fat (g)
21 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

22.0
Total Carbs (g)
8 %

Carbohydrates

The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

22.0
Sugars (g)
24 %

Sugars

Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

2.2
Protein (g)
4 %

Protein

It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

0.0
Fibre (g)
0 %

Fibers

They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

0.25
Sodium (g)
4 %

Salt

A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

*To calculate nutritional table data, we use software by Nutritics logo 917a1b6ba55874b5d139866e10c236ccff8cbaa226cb4c05ba54efca0b20cc63

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