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In the quiet space of my kitchen, I meditate. It is a peaceful place where I unwind and allow my creative nature to be expressed. I don’t think of how I’m going to impress anybody, I cook for myself, and my husband will confirm, there are plenty of recipe flops as proof that much of what I make is experimental at best.
The hum of the mixer, measuring of ingredients and the vibrant colors and complex aromas are soothing to me.
This morning I had a thought about using Swiss Meringue to top one of Ric’s divine mocha- lattes. I told him, “My latte doesn’t need to be a pretty this morning”, and he looked at me a bit miffed as I stood at the stove whipping up sugar and egg-whites over boiling water. He takes great pride in serving up a drink that looks as good as it tastes but when he saw me scoop the marshmallowy meringue on top of the latte and brown it with a torch, he understood that I was taking the java up a notch this morning.
I posted a photo of my lovely concoction on Instagram and a number of my friends asked me how I made such a luscious looking drink so here is the recipe.

Swiss-lattes hot cocoas

Swiss Meringue Lattes or Cocoas
Serves: 4 servings
  • ½ cup sugar (white or light brown sugar, not powdered)
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  1. Place the egg whites and sugar in a heatproof bowl that is sitting over a pan that is filled with hot water (or as I do, place one stainless steel bowl inside of a larger stainless bowl filled with some water and set over a gas range flame).
  2. Heat over medium until the water is at a low simmer.
  3. Using a handheld electric mixer, beat the egg whites and sugar on low.
  4. Keep mixing the egg whites and sugar until it is fairly hot to the touch and the sugar has dissolved.
  5. Slowly increase the speed of the mixer as the eggs become foamy.
  6. Remove the bowl from the pan of hot water, add the vanilla and continue to beat on a high speed until the mixture becomes a thick and glossy meringue.
  7. Top hot cocoas and lattes with a large dollop of the meringue and brown it with a torch.

Lattes and Hot Cocoas 2


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