It’s been nearly two years since I discovered the magic that is Aquafaba, and I’m still amazed by it.
Who could have ever thought the liquid we usually wash down the drain, from a can of chickpeas or other legumes, could turn out to be the most amazing egg white substitute?
But this recipe is for meringue kisses. Candy-cane or peppermint flavour meringue kisses, to be precise. And not only are they adorable and festive, but they’re absolutely delicious!
They’re like candy canes that melt in your mouth.
- The liquid from one 400g / 14oz can of chickpeas
- 150g / 1¼ cups icing (confectioner's) sugar
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Vegan-friendly red food dye
- Icing bag with a large nozzle
- Preheat oven to 100C / 210F and line three baking trays with greaseproof paper.
- Drain the liquid from the can of chickpeas into a large clean bowl. You can keep the chickpeas for another recipe. Just add them to a container with some clean water and keep for up to 3 days in the fridge.
- Using an electric or stand mixer, whisk the liquid on a high speed until it forms soft peaks.
- At the stage, start slowly adding the icing sugar. Keep whisking until it reaches stiff peak stage (the mixture stands upright on the whisk).
- Mix the vanilla and peppermint in at the last minute.
- Meanwhile, open out your icing bag and carefully use the red dye and a teaspoon or a clean paint brush to paint red lines onto the inside of the icing bag. Starting from the bottom, stopping about ⅓ way from the top.
- Transfer the mixture to the icing bag and start piping your meringue shapes. Squeeze the meringue near the surface of the baking sheet and then pull up to peaks.
- Add the trays to the oven and bake for two hours. My oven tends to run a little hot so I used a wooden spoon to prop the oven door open slightly. If you have this problem too, you may need to do the same.
- After two hours, turn the oven off and let them remain in the oven for another hour to cool.
- They should be crunchy on the outside and soft and mallow-y on the inside.
- It's important to keep them in an air-tight tin as they will start to soften if left out too long.