I made half recipe as I wasn't sure if meringue will last in this climate here.. In fact, I was half hearted about making this recipe..seeing it requires 300g of pecan nuts..that's a lot of pecan nuts and it's expensive here. What if I don't like them and it will mean $22 down the drain..!
Fate had it that I developed sore throat, along with headache, slight fever yesterday. I could only think of things like ice-pops, ice-cream, ice-kachang.. you get the idea. And since my husband complained the other day that my ice-cream maker has been in cold-storage for a long time, I decided to make rum & raisin ice-cream because it is my daughter's favorite flavor, and I can't make chocolate anything because chocolate is 'heaty' and at times like this, is one of the food I have to avoid eating.
After making the custard base for ice-cream, I realised I have leftover white and I might as well make the meringue.. half recipe would be enough for a test batch..
So I began toasting the pecan nuts..
And whisk the egg whites & brown sugar. I heated it up a bit hoping to get rid of the moisture so it will be not be soft later on... so I think..
chopped all pecans.. no need to leave 1/2 batch of whole pecans..since only half recipe.
Whipped for 5 mins until it turn pale white..
At this point..very sticky meringue.. maybe I over-beat..
Scoop and drop and flatten with spatula.. but I think I didn't flatten enough...cos you can see why later..
Tada! Meringue cookies all baked ..
I baked at low temp 130c for 30mins.
Very dry and crispy now. Happiness..that they didn't collapse and I was so tempted to eat one but my helper reminded me not to as they are even numbers now... *dang*..lol!
Next churn the custard into ice-cream
After 30mins later... ice-cream! Still need to rest in freezer first..
Now..top with meringue cookie on top and enjoy!
No bottom cookie cos too fluffy already..LOL!
Even though I messed up the meringue and made them into some mini pavlova looked-alike.. but they taste amazing with ice-cream. The crisp, light and airy texture - pairs so well with ice-cream. Loving it. Next time I have to remember to really make flatten them down.
Thumbs Up! Everyone loved it. My husband said this is such a good idea... ya.. I told him this is not my idea but Rose's idea. LOL! And even though I messed up her original idea, they are still delicious.
PS: I'm glad I made half portion because right after making these I was sick for 2 weeks and they are still in containers - nobody ate them...(because I was out of action and didn't 'prepare/assemble' it for them..seems like they cannot do it themselves..)! I tried to eat one last night on it's own but it's very sweet without ice-cream. So still better with ice-cream. No longer as chewy in centre as before but still good. :)