Meringue is a soft and delicate confection that can be made into many different forms, from meringue pops to themed meringue cupcakes. While the origin of the name meringue is unclear, the history behind this sweet confection is clear!
Meringue was created in the Swiss village of Meiringen, but was perfected by an Italian pastry chef, Gasparini at the beginning of the 18th century. However, the recipe was first published by French chef, Francois Massialot. Using a pastry bag to pipe meringue was introduced by chef Antonin Careme.
Meringues were traditional made and shaped using two spoons, just as we do today. Working with meringue is not difficult but the chemistry involved requires precise measurements and low baking temperatures.