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airy egg whites and sugar

Meringues mit Schlagrahm

You’ll often see meringues in pretty colours in a pâtisserie. First mentioned in the 17th century, their exact origin is unknown—some say they’re Swiss, invented by a pastry cook in the village of Meiringen, while others claim they are Polish, known as marzynka, invented by the chef of King Stanislas I, whose daughter Marie Leszczyńska married Louis XV of France in 1725 and who passed the recipe onto the French.

Marie Antoinette used to like to make her own.


Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Mike Lehmann