Chocolate Swirled Meringues-whipped egg whites, a little sugar, swirled in chocolate then slow baked into a crispy cookie.
After visiting Prague, we headed over to Salzburg, Austria. It took us a taxi, a bus and then train to get there. Thank goodness my sister is a regular traveler. I would still be sitting on a curb in Prague trying to figure it all out.
Salzburg is the home of Mozart and the Sound of Music. Also noted for their amazing churches and the Fortress Hohensalzburg.
And HUGE Meringues.
Seriously, they are the size of my niece’s head. I really should have asked what they baked with all the egg yolks.
They also had pretty smaller ones. My sister picked up a bag of assorted cookies, and a brownie that was to die for! It had orange and cranberry in it. I will be playing around with brownies soon!
Their meringues taste just like ours.
These Chocolate Swirled Meringues happened because I really want to share my trip with you. And because about a month ago, I Am Baker pointed out to me Manuela of Passion for Baking on Instagram. Her photography and her treats make you want to reach through the screen and eat one of everything.
I spied her Christmas Chocolate Meringue Clouds. I had an epiphany. A light bulb moment. A why didn’t I ever think of that, moment.
Instead of using a pastry bag and tip, trying to make my meringues all fancy, use a Cookie Scoop! Each cookie ends up the same size and they have cute little peaks at different spots, giving each cookie it’s own personality.
And of course there is the whole chocolate swirl deal.
Manuela’s recipe involved cooking the egg whites first, to blend them with the sugar. Too much work for me, so I used my stand by recipe for Meringues and swirled in the chocolate.
I almost swirled too much but that’s ok.
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Next time I have extra egg whites, I need to make a Huge cookie, just so I can say I did. Although I believe that would be called a Pavlova, and usually there’s fruit involved but I can deal with that.
We visited the Fortress Hohensalzburg (Hohensalzburg Castle) first. Think of every romance novel you’ve ever read set in medieval times. If you don’t read romance novels, just pretend you do.
Sitting at the top of a hill, looking down over the entire city
with the mountains off in the distance
It’s one of the largest castles in Europe.
The Churches in Salzburg (all of Europe really) have been around for hundreds of years and are filled with history as well as beautiful mosaics and sculptures.
The ceiling in the dome of the Salzburg Cathedral. I really just wanted to lay on the floor and stare up for hours.
In addition to the mosaics, the statuary in these churches along with the embellishments everywhere have withstood time.
This is the front Alter in Kollegienkirche Church, Salzburg, Austria, known as the all white church. Starkly white with just a few gold embellishments, you feel a sense of purity standing in this church.
Angels are everywhere in the ceiling decor and on the columns of the alter.
You may remember the St. Petersburg Cathedral and Catacombs from the movie The Sound of Music (one of my all time favorite movies!) was where the Von Trapp family hid from the Nazi’s just before fleeing Austria over the mountains. (The actual filming was done on a Hollywood set.)
Even covered in snow, the beauty still pops out.
I can’t wait to go back again, in the spring or summer and visit all the set locations as well as the Ice Caves.