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A Tasty Recipe for You
(Almond Meringue Swans on a Lake of Coffee Infused Maple)
- 4 egg whites
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp toasted almonds, finely chopped
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp cream of tartar
- 1 cup whipping cream
- ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
Base of syrup:
Preheat oven to 225. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or silpat (reusable nonstick).
Put egg whites in a bowl of a standing mixer or use a regular bowl and electric beater. Beat the egg whites until stiff and just starting to hold their shape. Slowly add the sugar and continue to beat until the sugar is fully blended and the mixture is not gritty, another few minutes. Fold in the almonds, vanilla and cream of tartar.
Put the meringue in a pastry bag fitted with a wide star or plain circular shape. To create swans, pipe out two wings, making sure you have one that tilts up on the left side and one that tilts up on the right. To make the head and neck, make a number ‘2’, adding a little pressure down where the head will be. Make it as slim as possible while keeping in mind that meringue breaks easily and a very thin neck will just end in frustration. I recommend making a few necks as backup.
To make a basket, pipe a circle about 5” across, filling it to the center and then pipe another layer on top of the edge.
Put the meringue in the oven and bake for about an hour. Turn the oven off and let them cool inside, which allows them to dry any excess moisture that would result in collapse.
To make the vanilla cream, whip the cream until stiff and then add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla.
To assemble the swans, put a dollop of whipped cream in the middle of a small dessert plate. Attach a wing to each side of the cream, pressing together so they stay. Gently select a neck from the tray and insert the lower half of the ‘2’ into the cream, on the front part of the swan. Just before serving, pour enough Coffee Infused Maple Syrup around the base of the swan to cover the bottom of the plate.
If serving the baskets, put a basket in the middle of a dessert plate and fill it with whipped cream. Pour Coffee Infused Maple Syrup around the base. You can top it with additional chopped almonds if it looks too plain. Makes roughly 4 swans or 6 baskets.
Runamok Maple produces infused, smoked and barrel-aged maple syrup along with our pure maple, which we call, Sugarmaker’s Cut. We love pure maple syrup but have discovered that the potential for taking it in new directions is limitless. Maple marries exceptionally well with a variety of flavors. Some of them are tried and true like cinnamon and vanilla and some are unexpectedly out of this world, like our original Makrut lime-leaf. And our barrel-aged syrups have taken this North American treasure to a whole other level.
We are constantly working on new recipes to highlight the unique flavors in our syrups, and have gathered them here, on our website, for you to try. We hope you will explore it for ideas as well as information about our operation.
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Best, Eric and Laura Sorkin