Back in December, I raved about this book. Well, I'm back to rave about it some more.
Lately, it seems that whenever I talk about cookies, I make mention of Alice Medrich. And it’s really no wonder. I consider her latest book, Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies, my cookie bible. Alice has tested each recipe in the book meticulously, and you can tell. I’ve not once had a failure from any of her recipes.
I’m not much of a meringue kind of person, but the Chunky Hazelnut Meringues came highly recommended by another food blogger I greatly admire, Ivonne of Cream Puffs in Venice, whom I had the pleasure of finally meeting a few weeks ago. No surprise that our conversation eventually strayed to baking and as we gushed over our mutual love for the book, Ivonne told me that I had to, had to, had to make these meringues.
And so I did.
Boy, was Ivonne right. They were absolutely divine. What makes these meringues so incredibly special is the fact that they are chock-full of chocolate and hazelnuts. Your first bite takes you up into the air with its light crispiness…it almost has that texture of honeycomb candy or the centre of a malt chocolate. Lots of little airy bubbles that just dissipate on your tongue. But it’s the chunks of goodness that really grounds you with a hit of flavour. Every bite reminds me of a much lighter version of Ferrero Rocher.
I'll definitely be making these again in the future, both for myself and to give away. They look incredibly beautiful and best of all, they keep well. I'm already eyeing the Salted Almonds and Milk Chocolate variation, which I think I will try next!