In her post on Wednesday, Ros, Wild Cards on my Workbench, asked if anybody had any suggestions for interesting things to do with egg whites. Apparently, she had some egg whites over after making passion fruit ice cream - sounds yummy :) Yesterday I remembered that a dish called Apple Snow was a great favourite with all of us when it appeared on the school dinner menu, and one of the ingredients was whipped egg white.
Basically, it was apple sauce with whipped egg white mixed through - a very simple dish, but light and fluffy and delicious. I don't have a recipe so I've made it from memory, guessing at the ingredients and quantities ... I have to say the Quality Control Department, aka DH, gave it the thumbs up at dinner this evening:)
At school it was always served with a topping of crushed cornflakes - I've substituted dessicated coconut ... in keeping with the snow theme. Sadly, it doesn't photograph well, but I did try to get its best side - here's it served in a sundae dish.
For apple sauce:
- 3 Large Bramley Cooking Apples, peeled, cored and chopped - Bramley cooking apples are best for this dish because they cook to puree very quickly and easily but any sharp cooker could be substituted - sorry forgot to weigh them.
- ¼ pint water
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Sugar to taste - I omitted this and the end result was still very good but for those with a very sweet tooth don't hold back
For the whipped egg:
- 2 egg whites
- 1 rounded tablespoon caster sugar - your can use a sugar substitute as I did and it works just fine.
- 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut
- Cook apples, water and lemon juice until apples are cooked down to a soft and pureed consistency, then pour into to a bowl and leave to cool.
- In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites until stiff, then gradually whisk in the caster sugar.
- Fold the whisked egg into the apple puree and pour the mix into a serving dish
- Sprinkle desiccated coconut over the top.
My apple snow is very white, as snow should be, but the school version, as I remember it, was a lovely pale green - perhaps food colouring was added. There wasn't the food additives awareness then as there is today.
It's now after midnight so I'm off to bed. I have a card to post but it will have to be done tomorrow as I'm bushed - at my age I need all the beauty sleep I can get too :)