Tuesdays with Dorie: Hot-and-Spicy Togarashi Meringues from Dorie’s Cookies

Togarashi Meringues in a small earthenware dish on a napkin with a glass of white wine behind it.This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Dorie’s Cookies is an interesting one. A spicy meringue.

Dorie says:

Shichimi togarashi, also called seven-spice blend, is a culinary gift from Japan, a remarkable blend of chili pepper and spices that manages to be hot, sweet, salty, bitter, nutty and packed with umami. While the blend — and the level of heat — varies from maker to maker, the brand that I often use (S&B) includes chili pepper, dried orange peel, black and white sesame seeds, Japanese pepper, ginger and dried seaweed. Because I don’t know your blend and because, as is true of just about every spice, togarashi is most potent when it’s fresh, I’d suggest you make your first batch of meringues with just 1 teaspoon and then see where you want to go after that. 

Ok then. Hmmm. Love the idea of the Togarashi spice (here is a wonderful article all about with a “how to” in case you can’t find it) and I think it’s a spice blend I will use in other dishes but in meringues? Probably not again! My spice blend was obviously new and very fresh and this was VERY potent, even though I used it sparingly, per Dorie’s instructions. Even my resident hothead Neil thought they were VERY spicy!

My issue was actually more, though, with the meringue. It never quite got crispy enough though I followed the directions to a T (though I actually can make macarons, meringues are a bit harder for me LOL!). I see I am not alone (lots of discussion here) and no matter what I did these remained sticky and a bit chewy. And they disintegrated in your mouth as opposed to having a crunch.


Sorry, Dorie, I don’t think I will be making these particular ones again but I would like to prefect a meringue technique… On the list for 2022!

Togarashi Meringues in a small earthenware bowl.

Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Hot and Spicy Togarashi Meringues from Dorie’s Cookies on p 400 of Dorie’s Cookies!

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7 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Dorie: Hot-and-Spicy Togarashi Meringues from Dorie’s Cookies”

  1. Well, they look really cute. lol I’m guessing that the heat made them no-so-cute. I’m trusting you on this one and thinking next week I am going to go rogue and just do a rewind of one of the hundred or so I missed making along the way…time and ingredients can be well spent on one of those I think. Thanks for being the person who just went for it and gave it a good go. They do look cute!

  2. Yeah, there was something amiss with this one. I liked the sweet and spicy combo, but the meringues did not bake the way I wanted them to at all. Mine weren’t chewy, but maybe that’s because they fell almost totally flat in the oven. 🙁


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