Easter Special: Table Talk with Alex Hoffler, Founder of Meringue Girls

Alex Hoffler
When Meringue Girls founder Alex Hoffler and her fellow baking bud Stacey O’Gorman saw a sweet gap in the market way back in 2012, little did they know that their bold, bright and brilliant meringue creations would grow into such a tour de force. From kitsch kisses licked with colour to Instagram perfect pavlovas, their array of baked delights have gone from street to screen and the two cookbooks ‘Meringue Girls Cookbook‘ and ‘Meringue Girls Everything Sweet‘ are kitchen musts. Fast-forward to today and Alex has created a collective of girl boss bakers taking over the sweet world.

GET CREATIVE WITH THE KIDS THIS EASTER
Fancy making the Meringue Girls cheeky coconut Easter Bunny Butts with your little ones this Easter? Alex has shared her lip-smacking recipe for these marvellous mallowy treats – click here

When Alex isn’t at the bakery running her acclaimed meringue masterclasses she can be found breaking bread at The Good Egg and munching on mezze with her kids on Kingsland Road. Fancy more? Alex reveals all in an Easter special Table Talk…

1. I’d like a table for…
Neil, my boyfriend of 12 years, Indi, our 4.5 year old, and a high chair for Rio, who’s 8 months

2. Early-birds catch the coffee at…
We live in Lower Clapton, Hackney and there are heaps of early bird spots near us.  With a baby, it’s all about places that open 7-8am-ish! Doree a little French bakery on Chatworth Road is a favourite.  I really remember having a brioche from there brought to me in bed after giving birth…post birth hunger heaven! We also like Pavilion in Victoria Park for coffee & playground action and the E5 Bakehouse – the garden at the back is great for kids to run around and the food is banging.

3. Best brunch with kids?
The Good Egg – they have a lovely kids Jerusalem breakfast – which is a little bit of everything which always goes down well. Also loving the new Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross, visit Caravan or Dishoom and instead of a playground, the area has invested in a daily play scheme which is constantly roaming the grounds that you can join in on – making dens/big bubbles etc – which is fab. Hit up @playkx to see where they are that day.

4. Children’s menu must-visits…
The array of  Turkish restaurants on Kingsland Road is always super family friendly – big mezzes and sharing bits, are always way better than children’s menus.

5. Where do you grab a bite with mums en masse?
Dark Arts Coffee – we sit outside in the sun on the outside tables – its in an empty car park (lol) , but there is lots of space for little uns.

Alex Hoffler

6. Hidden gem for treating tiny ones?
Indi & I had a little date at Maitre Choux in Soho for a pink eclair – very cute. But mainly treats brought back from the Meringue Girls bakery – whenever I’ve been at work, and am doing the school run she expects a little treat. Birthdays, and kids play date treats are always good around ours!

7. Best piece of advice for dining out with kids?
Indi is a drawing fiend – so plenty of pens & paper. Get in at 6pm for the first sitting so that service is quick, and theres plenty of space. My Neighbours The Dumplings is a great little dumpling place that we do 6pm sittings in and their prawn dumplings in Chinese vinegar are just divine…drool!

8. Date night – takeaway or take me out?
OUT OUT. We have an au pair, so date nights are on the cards again(!), last week we sat at the bar at Morito for margs & deep fried feta with honey & thyme. Takeaways are either Yard Sale Pizza (their pepe le peu with pepperew peppers – now thats a hungover tongue twister on the phone), or if we’re feeling fancy its sushi & sake delivery from Uchi.

9. My earliest food memory…
Sandy marmite sardies on Bantham Beach in Devon, looking in rock pools with my wellies, and the water going over the top & sogging out my socks.

10. Five mums, one table – who’s joining you?
We’ve got a little Friday maternity crew WhatsApp group – its so nice that everyones off work all together – I was one of the first to have a kid in my friendship group, and this time round I’ve got lots of old mates with babies -which is so fun.

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