Yesterday we made sugar skulls to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. Traditionally the skulls are made of sugar molded into skull shapes. We made merangues then painted the skulls with food dye pens and decorated them with marigolds. They were plenty sweet.
Merangues are fun to make. The trick is to make them on a day that’s not humid.
All you need is:
4 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla and/or almond extract
Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Whip up the egg whites until they are frothy, then add the cream of tartar. Keep beating until they are stiff and glossy. Gradually add the sugar, then the vanilla and/or almond extract. Line a few baking sheets with parchment paper and dollop the mixture on. Bake for 1 1/2 hours then turn the oven off and leave them in there for another 3 hours or so (overnight works well). Then decorate!!