Anyway, the first time she tried she left out the almond meal as we didn't have any at home so it became a meringue, but a very nice one at that! I then had to explain to her that the point of macarons are the almond meal. But anyway, off we went to Mum and Pa's so she could show this new twist:
So this is the recipe base sw.me used for the chocolate Meringues: http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/630138 . The salt is to stabilize the egg whites and the sugar is beaten in one tablespoon at a time, to make sure its all beaten in and not grainy.
3 egg whites
pinch of salt
150g caster sugar
1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder sifted
Preheat oven to 180C, and line a few baking trays with baking paper.
Whisk eggs in bowl ( make sure its dry no water or grease) until soft peaks form, add the salt then add the sugar a tablespoon at a time until stiff peaks that are glossy form. Test a bit between your fingers to make sure it does not feel sandy.
Using a metal spoon, gently fold in the cocoa powder.
Spoon a heaped tablespoon pf meringue mix onto the trays then place in the oven. Turn oven down to 120C and bake for 45mins.
Meringues will be hard on the outside and chewy on the inside, cool before storing in an airtight container, or before placing a filling in between.