Meringue

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EGG WHITES, SUGAR, a pinch of cream of tartar or a dash of vinegar?and air. So simple, yet so divine! Meringue can be spooned onto pies, piped into any number of beautiful shapes, baked, poached, whipped into silky frostings,
or folded into cakes. It can be combined with ground nuts, chocolate, or any number of flavorings, or made into vessels for Chantilly cream and berries. And that?s just the beginning. With thoughtful instructions, helpful ...

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Overview

EGG WHITES, SUGAR, a pinch of cream of tartar or a dash of vinegar—and air. So simple, yet so divine! Meringue can be spooned onto pies, piped into any number of beautiful shapes, baked, poached, whipped into silky frostings,
or folded into cakes. It can be combined with ground nuts, chocolate, or any number of flavorings, or made into vessels for Chantilly cream and berries. And that’s just the beginning. With thoughtful instructions, helpful hints,
and magical recipes, Meringue will guide you in making such heavenly treats as Lemon Twists, Chocolate-Flecked Pavlova, Clementine Meringue Cake with Rosemary, and Baked Alaska.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423625810
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 607,598
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda K. Jackson is a senior advertising and marketing executive in the food and beverage industry.

Jennifer Evans Gardner is a food, travel, and wedding writer for The LA Times, The Huffington Post, and other publications.

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Classic Berry Pavlova

Serves 8

Fresh, juicy berries atop luscious whipped cream and a lighter-than-air meringue shell. No matter how great the dinner, this show-stopping dessert will be what your guests talk about for days to come.

MERINGUE SHELL

4 large egg whites, room temperature

1 teaspoon white vinegar

Pinch of salt

1 cup superfine sugar, divided

1 teaspoon cornstarch

WHIPPED CREAM FILLING

1 cup heavy whipping cream

3 tablespoons powdered sugar

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

FRUIT

4 cups fresh berries, any combination of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries

1 to 2 tablespoons sugar, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

MERINGUE SHELL: In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites until foamy. Add vinegar and salt and beat on medium-high until soft peaks form. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until all of the sugar is incorporated. Continue beating on high until meringue is stiff with glossy peaks. Beat in cornstarch, about 1 minute more.

With a rubber spatula, empty the meringue into the center of a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using the back of a spoon, spread the meringue from the center, making the sides higher, to form a 10-inch shell. Bake for 5 minutes, then lower the temperature to 250 degrees and continue baking for 1 hour. Turn the heat off but leave the meringue shell in the oven for 3 hours or more (or overnight) so that it continues to dry. When completely cooled, loosen the meringue by gently pealing it off the parchment or by sliding an offset spatula or knife underneath the shell. Use immediately or, if preparing in advance, carefully wrap the meringue shell in plastic wrap and store at room temperature.

WHIPPED CREAM FILLING: With an electric mixer, whip cream, sugar, and vanilla until stiff.

FRUIT: Rinse the fruit and allow it to dry on paper towels. Transfer to a mixing bowl and toss with sugar.

TO ASSEMBLE PAVLOVA: Gently transfer the meringue shell to your serving plate. Spread whipped cream filling on meringue shell to within 1 inch of the edge to create a boarder. Top with fruit in concentric circles or pile the fruit on top for a less formal look.

NOTE: It’s best to wait until you are ready to serve the Pavlova to fill the shell with whipped cream and fruit so that the meringue stays crisp.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 8

Introduction 11

About Meringue 13

Ingredients, Tools, and Techniques 21

Cookies 37

Pavlovas 65

Bars, Tarts, and Pies 89

Cakes, Tortes, Vacherins, and Dacquoises 113

Meringue Frostings 143

Heavenly Creations 159

Celebrations 179

Little Clouds 207

Index 220

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