The organizers of the Dark Days eating local blog challenge have given us some challenges. The first was the One Pot Meal challenge that I filled with pot roast, but this next challenge was A LOT harder. I thought about it off and on for weeks. The challenge—make a sweet treat for your Valentine using all or nearly all local ingredients. That coupled with my little Valentine’s allergies to corn, soy, dairy, gluten (and those are just the pertinent ones to sweets), made this seem like a challenge deadline I might just have to let slide by. A few days ago, stopped at a red light, it came to me–meringues. Finally, I was saved.
I beat 4 egg whites (ours) stiff, added a pinch of cream of tartar, about a 1/2 cup of Longhouse Farm maple syrup, and a few drops of red food color (I could not help myself). It worked like a dream. Pink heart shaped meringues that melt on your tongue. I did it! The cream of tartar and food color were not local of course, but they were minor additions. As I type this, it occurs to me that I could have thawed some frozen raspberries and used a bit of those for color and flavor.
My seven year old Valentine was very impressed.