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Keeping it Sweet with the Meringue Girls

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Whilst working in the same Hackney restaurant just a few years ago, friends Alex Hoffler and Stacey Gorman bonded over their love of all things sweet.

Having both had formal kitchen training (Stacey in her native New Zealand and Alex at Leiths School of Food and Wine), an opportunity to take part in TV’s ‘Cooks to Market’ – hosted by chef Gizzi Erskine was just too good to miss for the ambitious pair. All they needed was the right product. And of course – it had to be sweet.

‘’Cupcakes, macaroons and cake pops had all been done before’’ said Stacey. ‘But we felt there was a real opportunity for us to do something fun and creative with meringues.’’ And thus, the ‘Meringue Girls’ concept was born.

The girls first began creating their signature meringue ‘kisses’ in Alex’s kitchen, before renting shared commercial space to help them cope with the increasing number of orders.

With innovative flavour combinations such as Gin and Tonic and Pistachio and Rosewater it’s no surprise that demand continued to grow. Following the success of their first book ‘’The Meringue Girls Cook Book’’ and a number of high profile TV appearances, April 2014 saw the opening of their very own bakery in Hackney’s Broadway Market Mews.   

It’s from here that they now employ a number of part time staff to help them fulfil weekly retail orders for the likes of Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and Harvey Nichols. As well as a weekly stall at Broadway Market, the girls also offer a bespoke catering service – supplying meringues for everything from weddings and press events to individual orders – and that’s before they tackle the long waiting list for their much anticipated ‘master-classes’!

The speed at which the Meringue Girls concept has taken off has meant the use of the right equipment has been crucial– with the bakery’s Buffalo Planetary Mixer playing a key role in the successful production of tens of thousands of meringues to date.

 ‘’The process of making basic meringues is actually relatively simple’’ explains Alex. ‘’All you need is two key ingredients and a good mixer.’’
‘’What’s great about the Buffalo is that it’s reliable and easy to use’’ she says. ‘’ It’s proved robust enough to cope with endless batches of meringue – whipping the mix really well and producing consistent results every time– crucial when you’re making thousands every day!’’
With the Buffalo such an integral part of the Meringue Girls successful production, and the popularity of their sweet treats showing no signs of stopping, they soon chose to invest in a second Buffalo mixer.

’The large 20Ltr capacity has been vital in allowing us to continue to expand the business’’ explains Stacey.  ‘’Each batch produces between 200-300 meringues, with both mixers whipping up as many as 9 batches a day. That’s a lot of meringue - so we need equipment that can keep up!’’ 

Alex and Stacey have also enlisted the help of the Buffalo to test potential new recipes ahead of the launch of their second book due for release in 2015.

‘’We’ve been experimenting with various cake recipes for our next book’’ explains Stacey. ‘’As well as meringues it will also feature lots of new and exciting baking ideas so it’s great that the Buffalo comes with a dough hook and beater attachment too - it means we can get the most out of the equipment we already have.’’

And it’s not just Buffalo Mixers that can be found in the bakery – the Meringue Girls also use a host of other Nisbets products including Polar refrigeration, Weighstation scales and numerous Vogue utensils

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