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Poison Meringue Mushrooms: Halloween Trick Or Treats

Poison Meringue Mushrooms: Halloween Trick Or Treats.

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Poison meringue mushrooms anyone?

Poison Meringue Mushrooms: Halloween Trick Or Treats

Poison Meringue Mushrooms: Halloween Trick Or Treats

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour + cooling

Makes: 25-30


3 Waitrose British Blacktail Large Free Range Egg whites (roughly 125g)

250g caster sugar

Pinch of cream of tartar

Pinch of salt

1 tsp liquid red food colouring (not gel)

50g dark chocolate

1 tsp cocoa, plus extra for dusting

Poison Meringue Mushrooms: Halloween Trick Or Treats Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 110°C, gas mark ¼ and line 2 solid baking sheets with baking parchment. Fit a large piping bag with a 1.5cm plain nozzle.

2. Place the egg whites into a medium heatproof glass or ceramic bowl, add the sugar, cream of tartar and a pinch of salt. Set the bowl over a pan of simmering water, not touching the surface. Whisk for at least 5 minutes or until the sugar has completely dissolved, the mixture is white and warm to the touch. Remove from the heat and continue whisking for 3 minutes or until thick, glossy and white and will stand in stiff peaks.

3. Spoon just over half the meringue into the piping bag and pipe about 25-30 domes in assorted sizes onto the parchment, to make the mushroom caps. Flatten the pointed peaks with a wet fingertip. Dip a clean dry pastry brush into the red food colouring and use a finger to flick it over half of the mushrooms.

4. Scoop the remaining meringue into the piping bag and on another baking sheet pipe 25-30 upright cone shapes in assorted sizes – these will be the stalks of the mushrooms. Bake the caps and stalks for 1 hour, swapping the trays around halfway through. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely.

5. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave. Stir until smooth and remove from the heat. Using a wooden skewer, make a 3mm hole in the middle of the underside of each mushroom cap. Dip the flat underside of each one in melted chocolate and place back on the parchment.

6. Place 1 mushroom cap on top of each stalk – you may need to carefully knock the spikey top off the stalks first – positioning the top of the stalk into the hole in the underside of the caps. Dust the top of the plain mushrooms lightly with cocoa. Sprinkle a tray or serving platter with more cocoa and arrange the mushrooms on top to serve.

Poison Meringue Mushrooms: Halloween Trick Or Treats

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Recipe and image courtesy of Waitrose & Partners.

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4 responses to “Poison Meringue Mushrooms: Halloween Trick Or Treats”

  1. Heather says:

    These are so cute and I bet they taste great too!

  2. eyeloveknots says:

    Such a fun idea! And unique twist on the classic meringue. Pinned, and shared.


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