Caffe Latte Meringues for Dougal McKenzie

Cafe Latte Meringue Kisses for Graham McTavish as Dougal

I've got a secret, and I've held it inside for too long -- time to share.

You see, I've developed a bit of a happily married, middle-aged crush on our TV Dougal.

Big, bold and brawly made, Graham McTavish may be missing the russet mane, but his magnificent beard, solid presence on his horse or off, and the fact that he actually manages to pull off wearing a tam, makes my wame tingle with excitement.


What makes our relationship so perfect is that TV Dougal and I share a love of fine coffee. While I'm partial to a cappuccino so dry you get a sense of the Mojave, Graham prefers a nice creamy latte (or two) to stay warm when they're shooting on location.

latte tweet

It seems he's not the only MacKenzie to gratefully sip on a cup of JOE while waiting for their turn in front of the camera.


These meringue bites are inspired by the Mackenzies' 21st C caffeine dependency.

Light as milk foam and sweet with a slightly bitter edge, they're the perfect portable pick-me-up after a long day on set...or raising babies/writing blog posts/pumping gas - whatever it is that fills your day.


For those of you here looking for an April Fool's post, I'm sorry to say I ran out of time this year.  Here's a couple from past years to keep you happy, and hopefully laughing:

Neil Forbes’s Smoked Ear

Lord John & Percy’s Man Omelette

Cafe latte meringue kisses

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01 Apr 2014 - 2:48pm


Errrr, I might be just dense, but where exactly is the espresso extract added???? Thanks for enlightening me!

Theresa seems I'm the dense one. Never try to write a recipe after midnight. ;) All fixed! Thanks for letting me know.

01 Apr 2014 - 2:53pm


ahhhh, so nice :) A lot of handsome "older" men to share a Latte with :)

01 Apr 2014 - 3:28pm


Be sure to let us know if Graham tweets about this! Theresa you continue to amaze me with your creations. Well done lass.

05 May 2014 - 3:11pm


Your website is gorgeous, informative, and the recipes look heavenly! I will surely be trying the Dragonfly in Amber Buttered Leeks very soon!

13 May 2014 - 8:59pm


I'm looking forward to Graham McTavish's Dougal too. These meringues sound delicious, and they seem easy enough for me to make! Can't wait to try them.

13 Aug 2014 - 7:03pm

Juliana @ Urba…

I've gotta say, I'm kinda crushing on Graham/Dougal too, especially after watching the first episode a few times. What a man! I always did find Dougal interesting and Graham just inhabits the character.

28 Oct 2014 - 7:17pm


Just curious. I have always used "cream of tartar" to make meringue. This recipe calls for "corn starch". What is the difference?


Cream of Tartar is an acid. Adding it to egg whites before/during beating can help you to stabilize the whites and get more volume. It's optional, and can be replaced with lemon juice or vinegar. Corn Starch added to meringue gives it a "clean snap" when bitten into. It's a texture thing.rn

30 Oct 2014 - 1:37am


For those of us with espresso makers & want to use the liquid form, how should we adjust the recipe? Thanks!


Straight espresso won't work - you could try reducing a Demitasse worth down to a couple of teaspoons and using that. Let me know if you try it!

24 Nov 2014 - 7:23pm

Logan Brueck

can you use powdered espresso or instant espresso granules instead?

11 Mar 2016 - 5:11pm

S.A. Young

Hi Theresa, Have you ever tried this with 1/2 espresso and 1/2 cocoa, for a mocha flavor? (I imagine that it would work fine, just wondering about taste.)


Never tried it. It will be considerably less creamy, but coffee is always good!

S.A. Young

Thank you for the input. I think I'll stick to your recipe for my 1st batch (for a season 2 premiere party. Woot! )

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