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Easy and Quick Recipe to Make Espumillas, Also Known as Merengues.

The word espumillas means "little sponge" in Spanish, and refers to what most people know to be  "meringues."

Espumillas are either sold in packs or sold individually and stuffed with fruit or cream.  Espumillas are a great way to use up leftover egg whites from a recipe that only called for yolks. I make a batch of these whenever I am making pastry cream - Crema de Milhojas.

My recipe for espumillas uses much less sugar than other recipes I have seen. You can add more sugar if you like your meringues sweeter but I feel that this recipe is one of those recipes that tastes *exactly* like it was store bought. I refrain from using vanilla extract to keep the colors of the meringues looking bright.  I enjoy making pastel colors but you can adjust the number of drops of food dye to make any color you desire.

My quick and easy recipe for Espumillas: 

4 egg whites
1 cup of confectionery sugar 
Food coloring 
One large, flat, aluminum baking pan

  • Mix egg whites on medium-high until they become frothy white in color and semi-thick.  Note that if they are frothy but the bubbles are still yellowish and not yet an opaque white in color, keep mixing.
  • Once egg whites are thick and frothy white, slowly add in the confectionery sugar little-by-little, still mixing on medium-high.
  • Continue to mix until the egg whites become silky white in color and as thick as you can get them - don't worry about them becoming too stiff because the sugar prevents a total thickening.
  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Scoop mixture into a pastry bag or piper with a swirly tip and pipe the batter out by swirling it around in a circle as it comes out, making medium-sized, swirly mounds.
  • Place pan in oven and let cook slowly for about 2.5 hours, or until hard. Don't worry if they seem sticky in the oven if you try them, they will become airy and crunchy when you remove them from the heat
  • Once done cooking, remove them immediately using a spatula and place them a wire rack to cool.
Fun Fact:

There are many other names for espumillas. They can also be called suspiros, literally "sighs" or "daydreams", as well as turron, the Guatemalan word for beaten egg whites and sugar.  If you are in Mexico, they are called merengues, which is very similar to the French word meringue.


Anonymous said...

I <3 ESPUMILLAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Anonymous said...

I love your blog, every time I make espumillas and check the recipes I always end up here.
Lately my egg whites do not get as thick as they used to, and I think it is because I leave the eggs out of the fridge too long before using them, or the beater speed should be higher, have you had this problem before, how can you fix it?
By the way a more accurate translation to "espumilla" is foam, little or delicate foam, sponge is esponja in spanish.

Anonymous said...

hola quiero decirte que todas tus recetas estan fabulosas. gracias por compa rtir tus deliciosos postres tipicos del salvador. muchas bendiciones para ti y tu familia.

Anonymous said...

Asi se hace el turron tambien?

Anonymous said...

when do i add the food coloring?
and what if I want to add sprinkles? when do I add them?
I love your page btw!

Anonymous said...

thank you so much

Anonymous said...

How long can they last?

Anonymous said...

how much servings is this?

Rita Villanueva said...

I just tried the recipe, they are still soft even though that sat overnight

Catherine Lindemann said...

if i wanted to add more flavor how much should I add? for example i would like to add lemon zest?

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