Friday, December 16, 2005

Meringues
updated

I wanted to do something with the egg whites that were left from the gnocchi dish below. Meringues are almost only egg whites! Egg whites can be easily frozen as well for later use. Check out Mr. Blitz's comments to this post about the details. Thank you, Mr. Blitz!





Ingredients:

5 egg whites
2 tablespoons white sugar

1 tablespoon amaretto (the usual recipe uses a bit of vanilla extract instead)



Instructions:

Put the egg whites into a mixer or a bowl if you're going to whip the eggs manually. I used my super-duper Betty Bossi mixer from Switzerland. Nothing beats this one! After the egg whites harden a bit, mix in the sugar and the amaretto (or vanilla extract). Beat the whites until they're really firm. It's firm enough, if you can turn the bowl upside down, and the mixture doesn't fall out!

Place some parchment paper, or even better, a special non-stick baking sheet on your oven grid or whatever you have to put things on in your oven. Thanks again to Mr. Blitz for those recommendations. When i did this recipe (and i'm not much of a baker), I used aluminum foil and had some sticking problems. So i would suggest not to use aluminum foil.

With a spoon, place small, artistic looking shapes onto your parchment paper or baking sheet, leaving some space between because the meringues will grow a bit in the oven!


Preheat the oven to 250 F.

Put the meringues into the middle of the oven and let them bake for 1 hour. The important part is, to not open the oven door while the meringues are in there! After 1 hour, reduce the heat to 200 F. Let them bake for another 20 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 175 F. After another 20 minutes, turn off the oven but leave the meringues in there for yet another 20 minutes. After a total of 2 hours, open the oven door and remove them.

I think they taste best right after removing them from the oven. Meringues are very sensitive to humidity and you might end up with sponge-like meringues if they get exposed too much. I really don't consider myself a pastry or baking guru. If you have any other comments or suggestions about this, please don't hesitate to post them!

3 Comments:

At 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK GOD for you posting a picture of that egg beater!! I just sent Ben a link so he can bring me one back from CH! :D

We are heading off to Thailand tuesday... Happy Holidays to you and the Arlington crew!

 
At 5:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan,

Parchment paper, or a silicone mat (both available at Surfas) will solve the sticking problem. Small size Silicone Zone brand mats are 25% off currently from Amazon.com which also sells Matfer Exopat, my favorite.

Egg whites freeze well. Never feel as though you are "stuck" with unusable egg whites. Again, with the sticking! You can freeze them in a jar with some headroom and keep adding to your cache until you have enough for a particular use. Tape a post-it to the jar and keep a tally of how many whites are in there. If you are unsure about the quantity being right for a particular recipe, consider that one egg contains about 2 tablespoons of white, or 1 ounce. Half a cup of whites is the equivalent of about 4 egg whites.

I am jealous of your egg beater. Looks like a pip!

Medea Blitz

 
At 11:14 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Thanks for the tips, Mr. Blitz! We just came back from Vegas... i will update the blog tomorrow monday.

 

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