Avril’s Chocolate Chip and Pecan Meringues

Chocolate Chip and Pecan Meringues
Although these Chocolate Chip and Pecan Meringues are popular all year round in our home, I think of them mostly for Christmas. My late mother in law made them nearly every year. It feels odd typing ‘late’ in front of mother in law. It’s only been 36 hours since she passed away and it all still feels a little unreal.

My mother in law – whose name coincidentally was Avril – was a wonderful housewife and mother whose family meant everything to her. She was also an accomplished painter who played tennis and golf. It was hard seeing her so ill these last few years but while she is no longer suffering, she will be much missed.

Anyway, Avril loved Christmas. It was her absolute favourite time of year and her Christmas dinners were the stuff of legend. These Chocolate Chip and Pecan Meringues were served when we arrived at the house in the late morning, designed to stave off any hunger pains from the journey and keep us busy until the main event. Their crispy light golden outer shell gives way to a soft, slightly chewy centre, all mixed up with gorgeous crunchy pecans and delicious chocolate chips, making Avril’s Chocolate Chip and Pecan Meringues positively addictive.

Chocolate Chip and Pecan MeringuesThere are lots of different theories out there on the best way to cook meringues. The best way to cook Chocolate Chip and Pecan Meringues is at a very low heat. Then turn the oven off and let them continue to dry out as the oven cools. Once they are almost cool, you can carefully remove them from the baking sheets and cool completely on a wire rack.

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Chocolate Chip and Pecan Meringues
 
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 4 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • a generous pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 2 cups pecan halves (do not chop)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200Β°F (95Β°C).
  2. Line two baking sheets with greaseproof paper or other baking paper.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until soft peaks are beginning to form.
  4. Gradually add the sugar, a bit at a time, and beat until stiff peaks form.
  5. Beat in the vanilla.
  6. Remove the bowl from the mixer, and using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the chocolate chips and the pecan halves.
  7. Using two tablespoons, gently drop tablespoons of batter on to the greaseproof paper.
  8. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the outsides are no longer sticky and are beginning to turn golden brown.
  9. Turn off the oven and leave the meringues inside for 20 to 25 minutes. Be careful they do not get too brown.
  10. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and allow the meringues to cool a bit before gently peeling them off the greaseproof paper and cooling on a wire rack.
  11. When cool, store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days.

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Comments

  1. I like the combination of Chocolate and Pecans in the recipe ! Pinned to make soon πŸ™‚

  2. I have never thought of adding chocolate chips to meringue, April. In every bite, a chocolate surprise Inside. Thank you for sharing. Pinned!

  3. April, we make these yummy meringues every year for Passover as they have no flour or leavening. These pillowy treats remind me of all the wonderful times I spent baking them with my mom who was an amazing cook. Thank you for sharing your beloved mother in-law’s recipe with us. I am so sorry for your loss and I know she will be greatly missed.

    • I’m so glad the meringues brought back happy memories, Linda, and I was so interested to learn that you make them too! I love learning about other people’s food traditions and family recipes. Thank you for your good wishes πŸ™‚

  4. Such a lovely way of remembering your mother in law… it sounds like Avril was a wonderful person… I really love this recipe it reminds me of my mom at Christmas, too.

  5. Hey April. This was one of my Mother-in-Law’s favorite recipes, too. She made them every Christmas and I always think of her when I see them. Have a great Christmas/Holiday Season, and thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

    • That is so interesting, Susie! The meringues must have been from a certain era πŸ™‚ I’m especially interested as it’s possible Avril found the recipe in the US as my husband and his family lived there for quite a few years when he was growing up! Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy Holidays to you too πŸ™‚

  6. Sorry for your loss April, this looks delicious needs to try it for myself.

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