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Plum Meringue Tarts

Plum Meringue Tarts, interior

Whether you’re shopping at a major grocery store or a local farmer’s market, in early summer, there are a wealth of fresh, ripe fruits to choose from. Having such a bounty of fruits is not a bad thing – and I find that it makes me even more creative in the kitchen because I don’t want to use all of those fruits in the same ... Read More »

Why do meringues weep?

Pie with weeping

Many types of pies are topped with billowing meringues that give them a beautiful finished look and a lovely contrast between a denser filling and a lighter topping. But even though the meringues look good when you spoon them on top of a pie, they often start to weep and make your pie look less than perfect. Weeping is when a meringue releases droplets of ... Read More »

Cook’s Country rates Processed Egg Whites

Eggology

Meringue-topped pies and angel food cakes need a lot of egg whites. It can be tempting to reach for a carton of prepackaged egg whites in the grocery store when you know you are going to need a lot, rather than separating a dozen or more whole eggs ¬†yourself. These processed products might do in a pinch when you’re looking for a way to cut ... Read More »

What is Italian meringue?

Meringue

Italian meringue is made by beating egg whites until they reach soft, fluffy peaks, then slowly streaming in boiling sugar and beating the mixture until it is thick and glossy. A basic meringue, also known as a French meringue, is made by beating granulated sugar into egg whites until the mixture reaches soft peaks. The hot sugar syrup used to make Italian meringue essentially cooks ... Read More »

Engagement Ring Pie

Engagement Ring Pie Slice

Last year, I was fortunate enough to be a judge at the American Pie Council‘s Crisco National Pie Championship in Florida. I got to taste dozens of pies and helped pick out the best in show. I would have done it again for their 2011 contest, but I was out of the country when the championship was held. I’m giving the pie contest a nod ... Read More »

Baked Alaska

Baked Alaska, innards!

I don’t usually trot out a big plate of brownies for dessert on a special occasion (although occasionally one will slip in there!), but brownies can be the basis for a fabulous and elegant dessert: Baked Alaska. Baked Alaska is a dessert that consists of a brownie base topped with ice cream, then covered in meringue and baked until browned. The “alaska” part of the ... Read More »

Berry-Topped Pavlova

berried pav slice

If you like meringue, but you’ve never had a pavlova, you’re missing out. Pavlovasare sweet meringues that are baked until crisp on the outside and marshmallowy on the inside. There is some debated over when the recipe was first developed, and whether it was in Australia or New Zealand, but in either case, it has been around since approximately 1930 and is just as popular ... Read More »

Lemon Meringue Pie

I definately admire Gale Gand, the ever-so-talented pastry chef and owner of Chicago’s Tru Restaurant. Her books, including Butter, Sugar, Flour, Eggs - which this recipe comes from – are wonderful and detailed. Her TV show also really resonated with my deep love of desserts. I think that my first time watching it was the first time I ever saw a real pastry chef in ... Read More »

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