Step-by-step guide to Making Meringue 2.0

Meringue 2.0 or meringue is a type of dessert, often associated with French, Swiss, and Italian cuisine, made from whipped egg whites and sugar, and occasionally an acidic ingredient such as lemon, vinegar or cream of tartar.

This treat can be enjoyed during the autumn months with a delicious meal to match. Today, I will be teaching you my version of meringue with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream.



1.) First make the ice cream. In a small saucepan, heat the cream with the sugar and allow to reduce by half. Leave to cool

  • 750g of cream
  • 180g of sugar

2.)  Transfer the mixture to a standing mixer with paddle attachment and start to mix. Carefully pour in liquid nitrogen until frozen, then reserve in the freezer

3.) Preheat the oven to 85°C

4.) To prepare the meringue, beat together all of the ingredients until stiff peaks form

  • 200g of egg white
  • 400g of sugar
  • 1 pinch of Sarawak black pepper
  • 1 pinch of lemon zest

5.) Transfer the mixture into a piping bag. Line a metal tray with greaseproof paper and pipe circles of the meringue on top, about 10cm in diameter. Bake for approximately 3 hours, then remove from the oven and allow to cool

6.) For the chocolate sauce, place the chocolate and butter in a small saucepan and gently melt. Remove from the heat and whisk until fully combined

  • 100g of dark chocolate, 72%
  • 30g of butter

7.) Spread the chocolate sauce on a serving plate. Lightly crush the meringue, place in in the centre and add the whipped cream and ice cream. Complete with a disc of crushed meringue and a few salt flakes

  • 200g of whipping cream, whipped
  • salt flakes

Once you are done making the meringue, you can pair it with a nice glass of wine to top off the night.


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Cookbook Generators for Every at Home Chef: Part 2

If you read part one of my series on some the great cookbook generators for every at-home chef and loved it, then you will  definitely enjoy part two!

If you haven’t tried some of the sites listed on part one of “Cookbook Generators for Every at Home Chef”  then give the ones on this list a spin.


Blurb produces many types of books that can be customized based on customer preferences. However, users must first download Blurb’s free BookSmart software to start designing their cookbooks.

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With Blurb, books can be up to 440 pages with a soft or hard cover. The program also offers a lot of creative options for layout options and designs. Although this service does not offer stock photos, you can simply upload images from your computer to your account.


With a play on words, Bookemon has numerous size and style options for every professional at home cook. They provide over 150 color choices for text and background as well as 20 different fonts to match.

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Recipes can be scanned, pasted, or typed and pages can also be rearranged in order to give your cookbook the perfect look. Bookemon works can range in length from 30 to 420 pages. If you’re looking to create a larger than life recipe book than Bookemon may have what you’re looking for.

Whether you’re starting off small and creating a book that can be passed down throughout your family, or enjoy creating projects related to cooking, each of these services listed is unique in its own way.

Want to give one of these services a try? Follow me on Twitter @mignon_dunbar and let me know how your DIY cookbook project turned out.  

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Cookbook Generators for Every at Home Chef: Part 1

Believe it or not, customized cookbook publishers have existed for years, but most have a large minimum number of orders and are best bets for fund-raising events. Today, a crop of publishers let home chefs inexpensively design and create a single book online for their personal use.

For those of you who enjoy “DIY” projects like myself, I wanted to create a series of some of the best cookbook generators that will allow your creative juices to flow.

Launched in 2007, TasteBook is unique from many other DIY companies because it allows users to fuse their own recipes with recipes from other online sources. This site has more than 100,000 recipes to browse as well as books that will make your cookbook project complete!

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When it comes to making the cover, there are more than a hundred choices of photos, ranging from tables filled with platters of attractive looking food to a chocolate cake souffle. You can also upload your own photos at no additional cost.

Create My Cookbook
In mid-2008, Create My Cookbook was created as an alternative for personalizing cookbooks to customers liking.

This publishing service offers customers two options for books that are up to 100 pages. Of course the cost increases for books of greater page length but for beginners this site may be just what you’ve been looking for.

Mignon Dunbar blog post on CreateMyCookbook

Want to give one of these services a try? Follow me on Twitter @mignon_dunbar and let me know how your DIY cookbook project turned out.


For more content on recipes, travel, and related topics, visit my Cooking and Traveling blog.