Meringue Cold bRew
Have you seen those wonderful luxuries chocolate cakes, the ones filled with hazelnut cream, and topped with slightly burned Italian meringue?
Well, I got a bit inspired by those and thought, why not top a drink, like cold brew, with meringue?
What you’ll Need
- Coffee Beans
- 2 Egg Whites
- 4 OZ Sugar
So for you who don’t know, what is Italian meringue? Italian meringue is basically a very soft, creamy meringue. It’s very different from the baked crunchy French meringue when it comes to texture, but very similar when it comes to flavor.
I was quite unsure about putting the meringue on cold coffee, it just felt like hot coffee would be a better fit, no matter if its heated cold brew or regular hot brew coffee. However, I decided to still try this recipe with normal cold brew coffee but without any ice, it doesn’t feel like ice cubes will complement the meringue very well. That said, I still want to try this recipe with hot coffee, so I will make a new blog post about that on Thursday (June 11th, 2020).
Burning the meringue is something that will give your drink that extra touche and for this, you will need a blow torch. You can, of course, make this recipe without this last step. However, if you have a chance to use or get one of these, it will give this recipe some extra taste but it will also be more fun making it.
As I already pointed out, I will use the meringue to top cold brew coffee, but if you prefer any other coffee, free free to use that sort of coffee instead.
I used DripBeans Bali Bliss coffee for this recipe and I think it is a good fit since the meringue is quite sweet and does work well with theses beans darkness and its molasses and brown sugar tones. I used the whole beans as always, but you can also get Bali Bliss ground coffee here.
When it comes to the ratio, I used the very common 1:16 for this recipe and I can’t see any for you to use a higher coffee-to-water ratio for this recipe. Even though the meringue might seem like something that could take over the taste experience, it is not. It is just sugar, egg whites, and water, so the taste is quite subtle and not as overpowering as, for example, milk often is
That’s enough of info, let’s make this meringue cold brew recipe!
Step 1 – The Cold Brew Coffee
As always when making cold brew recipes, we need to start by making the cold brew. If you want a more in-depth guide, check out our cold brew video guide.
Grind your coffee and add it to your cold brew maker or similar. Add the water and stir around and make sure all the coffee gets wet. Let the coffee brew in the refrigerator or room temperature for 12-24hrs. The longer, the stronger coffee. Then, filter out the coffee grounds from your now drink ready cold brew coffee.
Step 2 – The Italian meringue
For the meringue, you’ll need:
- 2 egg whites
- 4 oz sugar
- 1 oz water
Start by boiling the water and sugar up to 250°F (121°C). When it reaches about 230°F (110°C), start to whisk the egg whites with an electric whisk until it foams.
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