Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mocha Meringue Bark

This recipe is from Claire Robinson's 5 Ingredient Fix.  It's super light and airy and nice and chocolaty!

Mocha Meringue Bark
4-6 Servings

1/2 cup (2oz) blanched slivered almonds, divided
1 tsp plus 1/4 cup granulated sugar
4 egg whites
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp instant espresso powder
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

1.  Preheat the oven to 250°.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
Put 1/4 cup blanched almonds and 1 teaspoon sugar into a food processor and pulse until it resembles cornmeal; set aside.  Finely chop the remaining almonds.
2.  Using a whisking beater, mix egg whites and salt until very soft peaks have formed. In a small bowl, stir together the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and espresso powder. With the mixer running on low, slowly add in the sugar and the espresso powder, 1 tablespoon at a time, whipping just to the stiff peak stage, (do not over beat). Gently fold in the reserved ground sugar/almond mixture.
3.  Spread the meringue batter on the lined baking sheet in an even layer, about 1/2-inch thick. Sprinkle the finely chopped almonds and chocolate chips evenly over the surface of the meringue and bake for 1 hour. Turn the oven off, leaving the meringue in the oven to dry out further and cool for an additional 1 hour.

*If meringue gets chewy, put it back into a 200 degree F oven for about 30 minutes, turn off the oven and let dry inside the oven while it cools.*

4.  To serve, break the meringue into pieces. Leftover meringues can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature in a dry cool place for up to 3 days.

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