Back in January my friends and I gave our friend Jess a Meringue Girls masterclass as a birthday gift and in May our masterclass date finally arrived! We were both super excited about doing this very special cooking class as we are both fans of the meringue girls.
If you don’t know them, where have you been? They are at Broadway Market, currently at Street Feast in Lewisham, they have their own cookbook and the second one coming out soon, they are in Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and have had countless positive press. These girls are killing it to say the least! So Jess and I headed off to their bakery in Broadway Market for an evening of baking, drinking, chatting, packaging and of course eating.
We arrived at their cute bakery around the back of Broadway Market on a Wednesday evening, we were a little late (oops) and the meringues were already mixing away in the cute kitchen aids. Stacey one of the two meringue girls handed us a glass of prosecco and explained the ingredients and got us up to speed.
Stacey then demonstrated what to do once the mixture was ready. I have always been curious about how they create their cute meringue kisses and I was about to find out, yay! So you need to choose your flavours for the mixture, as well as toppings for when the meringues are actually on the tray and choose your colours for the piping.
So you choose your colouring (all natural, no food colouring here) and begin to paint the colour on the inside of the piping. You can choose how many colours you want and do it in a stripe. You then put all the meringue mix in the bag, shake it about and start pumping out those kisses. It is harder than it looks I can tell you that but it was so impressive to see the different colours appearing on the meringues.
We shared the piping duties, admired our work and quickly got it into the oven ready for baking.
During this time of the people on the masterclass were offered crisps, dip and of course the most delicious meringues on the planet. Because it was a lovely evening the doors were open and it was a good opportunity to chat to fellow bakers, have a read through the meringue girls book and make a real eton mess as well with the strawberries and cream.
It was then time for the next part of the evening which my very creative and crafty friend Jess loved. The meringue girls provide every little crafty thing you can imagine and it’s up to you to get creative with the boxes, ribbon, stamps, stickers, paper and whatever else you can find!
Above is my friend Jess’s gorgeous crafty bags, I’m less crafty but gave it a good crack and was pretty pleased with my efforts.
Before we knew it the delectable meringues appeared tray by tray and it was so nice to see our handy work all finished. We tucked in for our first taste of our very own meringues and I was not disappointed with my efforts. They were still warm and the most important part was that the middle was gooey!
We were able to take home everything we made as well as meringues that were provided for eating that didn’t get eaten which was fantastic as it meant we got to try all of the meringue girls flavours. If you are into baking or know someone who is, I can confirm that this was such a fun night and I highly recommend it.
The masterclass cost £70 and ran for around 3 hours, you can take everything you bake (plus a few extras).
Details for how to book are on their website http://www.meringuegirls.co.uk as well as recipes, press and other pretty things.