The 84th Annual Oscars, Academy Awards began this evening at 5:30 PST, Billy Crystal is hosting for the 9th time.. anything is possible. In 1992 he surprised us all as Hannibal Lecter going as far as shaking hands with Anthony Hopkins still in Dr.Lecter’s mask and inviting Sir Hopkins to “dinner.” His grand Titanic entrance in 1998; 2000 Oscars “What are the stars thinking?”, and 2004 the year of Lord of the Rings too many parody’s to write. Not only will the Academy be entertainingly funny, but the Academy will be hosted with class and respect.
Sydney and I never miss the red carpet entrances; gawking at the actresses’ dresses; probably being a tad more judgmental then I like to admit.
Here are just few dresses of the past we found Oscar worthy.
Best Actress 2012.
My recipe dedicated to Oscar and the winners!
Almond Marshmallow Meringues:
- 200 grams/4 egg whites
- 525 grams/ 2 2/3 cup light muscovado or brown sugar
- 59 gram/ 1/4-cup water
- 1 1/2-teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2-teaspoon cream of tartar, if not using a copper bowl
Prepare your mise en place and preheat the oven to 94 degrees C/ 200 degrees F.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine sugar, egg whites, water, and cream of tartar. Whisk until foamy. Set bowl over a pan of barely simmering water and whisk until sugar is dissolved and mixture is warm to the touch, about 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the bowl to standing mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat on high speed until frosting forms stiff peaks, about 9-11 minutes.
Add almond extract and beat until combined.
Place an 824 ateco or wilton 1m piping tube/tip in a disposable pastry bag. Fold the pastry bag’s top around your hand, using a rubber spatula place the almond marshmallow meringue inside the bag, fold top up and twist shut.
Line a 1/2 baking sheet with parchment paper, use a little of the marshmallow meringue to attach the parchment paper to the 1/2 sheet.
Begin in the center pipe with even pressure to the outside, gently release pressure on the last turn.
Bake the marshmallow meringues for two hours, turn off the oven, leaving the biscuits in the oven for at least 6 hours to overnight if possible.
These Almond Meringue are beautiful and elegant. So perfect for the Oscar. 🙂 Yeah, I love watching the red carpet entrance too. Love the dresses that you picked.
Would these work with vanilla extract / vanilla bean paste instead of almond? I’m not a huge fan of almonds but I love vanilla and would love to give these meringues a try.
Helen, substitute 1 vanilla bean, seeded and vanilla extract. They will be delicious.