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Pistachio Meringues with Rose Cream

Dessert, Recipes | 29 July, 2011 | By

Pistachio Meringues with Rose Cream

Pistachio Meringues with Rose Cream

This is the first time I have made meringues and they were surprisingly easy to make! They don’t take much hands on time, but you have to be able to give them 4 hours in the oven! They sound like they are very fussy little cookies to make, but they honestly aren’t. I mixed up a couple of the measurements because I’m not used to working in ml and grams. We have a kitchen scale, I’m just not very quick with it yet. And to top it off, the power went out at our house during the last hour of baking time, but the meringues came out unscathed and delicious.  I will post the rest of the dinner party photos tomorrow, but I wanted to showcase these in a separate post since I took some photos while I was making them. Now without further delay, the recipe. I found it here


Chopped Pistachios

Before you start:

An impeccably clean mixing bowl is critical for success.  Any oil inside can slow the expansion of the egg whites.  To be sure you bowl is clean, simply swirl around a little white vinegar and rinse out with warm water.  Be sure to dry the bowl completely before using.

Eggs whip up best when they are at room temperature.  Get your eggs out and separate a few hours before you intend to whip them.  Keep egg whites in an airtight container on the counter until ready.

If you don’t have superfine sugar, put granulated sugar in a food processor or grinder for 30 seconds to make it much finer.

Don’t skip the step of leaving them in the oven for at least an hour after you turn it off.  This will dry them out sufficiently.  As a side note, I have been known to forget mine and leave them overnight.  They were perfectly light and crispy in the morning.

If you are not sure where to find rose water, check where the cocktail mixers are kept.


The ingredients:

For the meringues:

  • 200 ml egg whites (6 large eggs)
  • 200 ml superfine sugar / 190g
  • 200 ml confectioners’ sugar / 110g
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup chopped pistachios (medium fine)

For the rose cream:

  • 4 oz. mascarpone cheese at room temperature
  • 5 tablespoon rose water (no that is NOT a typo, you need 5 tbsps of rose water. It seems like a lot, but that’s what you need!)
  • 4 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 6 ounces heavy whipping cream

Mixing the pistachios into the meringue

The method:

For the meringues:

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment.
  3. Sift sugars and salt together.
  4. Place egg whites and cream of tartar in a very clean bowl.
  5. Mix on medium low speed with whisk attachment until frothy.
  6. Turn speed up to medium high and mix until soft peaks form.
  7. Turn speed up to high and with mixer still running gradually (slowly) add in sugars.
  8. Beat on high speed until stiff, glossy peaks form.
  9. Add vanilla and ? cup of the pistachios reserving remainder for sprinkling on top.
  10. Mix on high for 10 seconds.
  11. Put batter in piping bag and pipe into disks or kisses on the parchment.  Leave 1-2 inches of space between meringues.
  12. Sprinkle chopped pistachios on top.
  13. Bake for about 3 hours.  Turn off oven, but leave meringues for another hour.
  14. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

For the rose cream:

  1. Place mascarpone, rose water, and sugar in a bowl.  Mix on medium until smooth.
  2. Place whipping cream into a chilled metal bowl and beat on high until stiff peaks form.
  3. Gently fold whipping cream into mascarpone mixture.
  4. Keep chilled until ready to serve.


Pistachio Meringues before going into the oven

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