Halloween Ghost Meringues

Halloween is tomorrow and this year I'm off to a party. 

Instead of thinking about my costume, I thought about what sweet treats would be great to make and take along. That's when I remembered seeing some cute Ghost meringues on the Meringue Girls Instagram last week and thought it would be fun to make them.

These girls are great and, their meringues are divine. Move over cupcakes as these are the best sweet treat right now!

You will need:
Piping bags - Lakeland disposable ones are great
200g caster sugar 
100g free-range egg whites (3-4 eggs). 
*I used Two Chicks liquid egg whites which is what the Meringue Girls use*
Halloween Ghost Meringues by What Laura did Next
Preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6. Line a small, deep tray with baking parchment, pour in the caster sugar and heat it in the oven until the sugar is just beginning to melt at the edges. Heating the sugar helps to create a glossy, stable mixture. 
Halloween Ghost Meringues by What Laura did Next
Halloween Ghost Meringues by What Laura did Next

Pour the egg whites into a mixer and whisk them slowly, allowing small stabilising bubbles to form, then increase the speed until the egg whites form stiff peaks.

Take the sugar out of the oven. With your mixer on full speed, slowly spoon the hot sugar into the beaten egg whites, making sure the mixture comes back up to stiff peaks after each addition of sugar. 
Once you have added all the sugar, continue to whisk on full speed for five to seven minutes.

Feel a bit of the mixture between your fingers; if you can still feel the gritty sugar, keep whisking at full speed until it has dissolved and the mixture is smooth, stiff and glossy.

*IMPORTANT - at this point, turn your oven down to 100C*

Next, grab a tall drinking glass and place your piping bag inside it - this will help you spoon the meringue mixture into it without any mess. Half fill the bag with mixture and cut the tip of the bag off.

Line a baking tray with baking paper. To get the 'Ghost' shape, you need to swirl the meringue mixture.
Halloween Ghost Meringues by What Laura did Next
Halloween Ghost Meringues by What Laura did Next
Then, pop them in the oven for an hour until they're set and lift easily off of the baking tray.
Halloween Ghost Meringues by What Laura did Next
When they've cooled, get some black food colouring and a brush, and draw eyes and a mouth on each one. So you end up with something like this:
Halloween Ghost Meringues by What Laura did Next
Easy, peasy and so yummy with a cup of tea!