Mastic-Flavored Meringues

Serve these meringues with kaimaki ice cream, if you can find it, or the ice cream of your choice. Mastic is the crystallized resin of a tree found only in southern Chios and because of its gummy texture was highly prized as the first chewing gum. Kaimaki ice cream is also made with mastic, giving it a taste quite distinct from vanilla.

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4 gr Chios mastic
170 gr confectioners sugar
grated rind of 1 lemon
whites of 4 large eggs
20 gr butter
a little flour
30 gr sugar


 Preheat the oven to 140º C.

1.  Pound the mastic crystals to a fine powder and combine with the confectioners sugar and lemon rind. In the mixer beat the egg whites until they become firm.

2.  Add 2 tablespoons of confectioners sugar, continuing to beat for 1-2 minutes.

3.  Add the remaining confectioners sugar, sprinkling the powder over the bowl while working the mixer, until the meringue glistens and holds its shape. Empty the meringue into the cleanest possible pastry horn.

4.  Lightly butter a large, clean baking sheet and sprinkle it with a little flour.

5.  Use the pastry horn to squeeze out 24 egg-shaped meringues, sprinkle them with sugar and let them stand 10 minutes to absorb the sugar.

6.  Bake for 15 minutes, lower the oven to 120º C and bake for another 45-60 minutes. The meringues should be as white as milk with only the sugar crystals tinted gold in contrast to the surface as a whole.

7.  Remove the baking sheet from the oven and gently unstuck the meringues, turn them upside down and bake for 5-6 minutes to make sure their insides dry.


If mastic is not available, use a few drops of vanilla extract in the meringues. Add some food color of your choice if you want them colored for special occasions.
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