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Meringue making.

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Thunderduck Sat 27-Jun-09 20:31:26

I'm planning on making a lemon meringue pie and would appreciate any advice/tips on making the meringue as this will be my first attempt.

Biccy Sat 27-Jun-09 20:58:13

Make sure the bowl is really clean and dry. Whisk the egg whites until you can turn the bowl upside down and they don't fall out (honestly!) - but check regularly so you don't over beat them. Gradually beat in the sugar. If you're not pregnant lick the bowl out (sorry, I LOVE raw meringue, am I weird?).

Oh lord, now I really really fancy lemon meringue pie....

Thunderduck Sat 27-Jun-09 22:51:39

Thankyou.grin

I fully intend to enjoy the raw meringue.

MaryBS Sat 27-Jun-09 22:54:39

I fold in the sugar, rather than beat it, keeps the air in the meringue better.

Oh and don't get any of the yolk in the white, otherwise it mucks up the meringue. Still usable, but not as good.

JackBauerhasmarmiteyfingers Sat 27-Jun-09 22:56:34

Mmmm raw meringue <<drools all over keyboard>>

I amde meringues for eton mess today, it doesn;t apply to lemon meringue pie, but if you add a splash of white wine vinegar and a teaspoon of cornflour it guarantees gooey centre meringue....

Handy hint for you is to wipe inside of the bowl with a cut lemon as this removes any possible grease. Although you could just wash it properly, but who does that?

Thunderduck Sat 27-Jun-09 23:39:00

Thankyou all.smile

When I saw your name Jack. I thought you were going to say add a spoon of marmite.grin

JackBauerhasmarmiteyfingers Sat 27-Jun-09 23:41:40

grin

Although.................

Thunderduck Sat 27-Jun-09 23:46:12

LOL.I'll leave that particular experiment to you.

Now what's the best way to separate an egg, to ensure that no yolk gets in with the white?

JackBauerhasmarmiteyfingers Sat 27-Jun-09 23:53:08

Get your meringue bowl, another small bowl for separating and a cup/tub for yolks.
Crack egg well and separate shell halves in one hand over your other palm over the small bowl. Let white drip through fingers until just yolk is left.
Tip yolk into tub and white into other bowl and continue.
This way, if you crack one yolk you don;t waste all the other whites, and there is no sharp egg shell on the yolk to pierce it.

Thunderduck Sat 27-Jun-09 23:57:42

Thankyou.

You aren't so bad after all I guess, even if you are crazy enough to like Marmite.grin

Biccy Sun 28-Jun-09 10:02:40

So glad I am not the only one who likes raw meringue! Bother this pregnant thing... wink

Thunderduck Sun 28-Jun-09 18:17:02

Thankyou all for the tips. I've just finished a portion of it, and it's delicious.

JackBauerhasmarmiteyfingers Sun 28-Jun-09 19:35:45

Sling some this way then...IL's ate all my meringues yesterday so I have nothing (bastards)

Thunderduck Sun 28-Jun-09 19:36:56

I won't be making it very often though, it's a lot of work, even if I cheated and used a ready made pastry case.blush

JackBauerhasmarmiteyfingers Sun 28-Jun-09 22:14:01

grin that's exactly what I did last time I made it, I figured I had made the lemon filling from scratch (with DD1 'helping' juice lemons) and the meringue, and I know I can make pastry, so fuck it!

QuintessentialShadow Sun 28-Jun-09 22:16:22

Mmmm. I am sure somebody will come up with marmite meringue ice cream...

Thunderduck Sun 28-Jun-09 22:19:17

I'm glad I'm not the only one. It took forever to make, and it isn't something you can step away from while it's cooking, until it's in the oven, it's all go.

I don't feel bad about the pastry because like you said I can make pastry and the rest of it is so much work.

It was worth the effort but it'll be a very occasional pudding for us.

JackBauerhasmarmiteyfingers Sun 28-Jun-09 22:32:57

Yes, very occasional for us, especially the unfortunate fact that it doesn't keep well so has to be eaten that evening......

Thunderduck Sun 28-Jun-09 22:39:29

I've stored a third of it in the fridge. Does that mean that I should go and eat it now?grin

JackBauer Sun 28-Jun-09 22:52:15

Oh yes, definately eat it now, why take the risk?

Thunderduck Sun 28-Jun-09 22:54:01

You're right. It's the only thing to do. It'll be a hard task finishing it but I'll persist.grin

JackBauer Sun 28-Jun-09 23:04:43

You can do it, itn may be hard, but it can be done.

God luckgrin

Thunderduck Sun 28-Jun-09 23:18:47

Thankyou. I'm sure that with your support,and the help of a large spoon that I will succeed.

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