Saturday, June 20, 2015

Egg Kisses

We're looking forward to Independance Day around here with these Egg Kisses filled with fresh fruit. Strawberries and blueberries turn this elegant but easy dessert into the perfect red, white and blue! They also bring back childhood memories for me as mom regularly whipped these babies up.  I absolutely love how food can evoke so many memories and great ones at that!  Who has bad memories surrounding food?  I certainly don't. 

I know what you're thinking right now.  You're saying to yourself that these look really difficult to make.  Fortunately that is not the case.  With a stand or hand mixer, these egg kisses can be whipped up in about 20 minutes.  When using a stand mixer you can actually leave it and come back to check on it every few minutes.  I threw in a load of laundry and washed some dishes.  I'm a multi-tasker. The most difficult part of this dessert is waiting on them to finish in the oven.  They are baked at a very low temperature and depending on the humidity wherever you are, can take anywhere from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours.  That's the downside.  The upside?  You'll have a light, refreshing summertime dessert.  Serve them up with your favorite fresh fruit and you are all set!  I love using summer berries in mine and had picked up some beautiful blueberries and the last of this seasons strawberries from the farmers market.  Have I ever mentioned how amazing the farmers market is here in Lexington?  It's worth a visit if you live anywhere nearby. 

One of my favorite holidays is Independence Day.   I always have and always will love the way my family celebrates this festive event.  Lately we all gather at my aunt and uncle's farm which just happens to be my mom's old homestead.  I am so thankful that we have been able to keep this special place in our family.  My uncle builds a big bon fire that is used to roast hot dogs and later, to roast marshmallows for s'mores because honestly, what kind of a cookout doesn't have s'mores?  I once met someone who had never in his life experienced s'mores and what?  I digress. The rest of the meal is made up of simple foods like baked beans, deviled eggs, and watermelon with a few random salads thrown in there.  All in all, it's the perfect family dinner.  

When we were younger, and my grandparents were still around, the family owned a farm that had a creek that travelled through it.  That was our spot for all summer gatherings.  Uncle Lemmie would bring out the fishing boat and take us all for rides while the rest of the family would fish from the "shore" which was really just a dry creek bed.  Of course every 4th of July was capped off with some fireworks.  I have such fond memories of my childhood and I'm so fortunate that my family continues to make memories.  

What are some of your traditions for summer holidays?  Let me know!  I love hearing from you guys!

Egg Kisses

Yields about 24 

6 egg whites, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 225 degrees.

Place egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Beat until foamy.

Add cream of tarter and vanilla.  Begin adding sugar about 1/4 cup at a time until fully incorporated.

Continue beating on a high speed until stiff peaks form.

Transfer to a plastic bag with a piping tip attached.

Pipe the egg whites onto a foil lined baking sheet or spoon them on, making sure to form a well in the center.  I suggest about 2 inches in diameter.

Place baking sheets in oven.  Reduce temperature to 200 degrees.  Bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  This could take a little longer depending on the humidity in your area.  

Try to refrain from opening the oven for the first 1 1/2 hours.  When the egg kisses feel dry and are not longer sticky, they are finished.  They should easily pull away from the foil.

Top with fresh fruit and enjoy!

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