4 egg whites from large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
225g caster sugar
40 edible candy eyes
Heat your oven to CircoTherm 100˚C. Line two baking sheets with baking paper.
Place the egg whites in the bowl of a food mixer with a whisk attachment. Whisk until stiff.
With the whisk still running, slowly pour in the sugar, then add in the vanilla extract. Continue to whisk until very stiff and shiny (about 3 minutes).
Take a piping bag with a medium-sized smooth, round nozzle and spoon the meringue mixture into the piping bag. *Tip – pipe a tiny dot of meringue mixture under each corner of your baking parchment to keep the parchment still whilst you’re piping.
Take another piping bag with a small, smooth nozzle (or if you’re using disposable piping bags, cut the very tip off – no need for a nozzle). Spoon two heaped tbsps of the meringue mixture into that piping bag.
Pipe ghost shapes by holding your piping bag (with the large nozzle) pointing directly downwards, and squeeze, then lift slightly and squeeze again, then lift a third time and squeeze again. This should give you a three-layer ghost shape.
Use the piping bag with the small tip to pipe little ghost arms. Repeat until all of the mixture is used.
Using tweezers, stick two eyes to each ghost (** Tip – If your candy eyes are not suitable for baking, you can stick these on later, when the ghosts are out of the oven and cooled. Use a mixture of three tbsps of icing sugar and a couple of drops of water, stirred into a thick paste to stick the eyes on).
Place in the oven and cook for 1 hour.
Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack before serving.