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What caused my meringue to fall after adding cocoa?

I made a very nice stiff batch of meringue for meringue cookies. I piped half of the batch on the cookie sheet and they looked wonderful (or at least they were nicely stiff, and I need to practice my ...
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Why do people recommend cream of tartar when whipping egg whites to the exclusion of all other acids?

Virtually every single egg white recipe will say add some cream of tartar to egg whites to help them whip better because the cream of tartar will lower the pH and make it more stable. But if all it's ...
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How can I keep meringue pie-topping from falling?

Nothin' better on a hot summer afternoon than a slice of cold pie... And nothin' says "summer" like a great big fluffy meringue topping over that slab of rhubarb/lemon/banana custard. Unfortunately, ...
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How are savoury meringues made?

I've come across occasionally mentions of savoury meringues with flavours such as beetroot. How are these made? What is used as a substitute for the sugar?
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Italian meringue: how to adjust sugar?

I've been having amateur pastry classes and one of the things we've done is Italian meringue. However, I found the result to be overly sweet. I am much more familiar with French and Swiss meringues, ...
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Which meringue is safe to eat without baking?

I recently got my meringue game down and though I wouldn’t eat French meringue without baking it, I’ve seen numerous videos where it’s said that Swiss meringue is delicious straight out of the double ...
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My meringue forms syrup beads on top

Every time I make a pie , topped with meringue , little beads of sugary syrup form on the top of the meringue a few hours later. Why?
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How much acid to use for stabilizing meringue?

After reading up on the proper books, I started adding some acid when beating meringues. At home, I use cream of tartar, but when I am baking at somebody else's kitchen, I am lucky if they have at ...
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How to minimise sugar in meringue

My wife just complained that she can't eat my meringue because they have too much sugar in them. She suggested I cook them with less sugar. However, without sugar the meringue won't work right. What ...
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Why do my egg whites separate after whipping?

Every time I try to whip egg whites, I seem to end up with the same problem. After a good bit of strenuous beating with the whisk, the egg whites finally reach the "firm peak" stage. I then go grab ...
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What does meringue powder do in butter cream icing?

I've recently been taking a Wilton cake decorating class. Part of the curriculum includes making our own buttercream icing. Many of Wilton's recipes for buttercream and like icings call for the ...
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How can I get Italian meringue to thicken?

I tried to make italian meringue and it was all going well until the meringue, (with the sugar syrup added), just didn't thicken and turned into 'royal icing'. Next time, how do I make it and what can ...
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How to know when meringue has been over-whipped?

I have seen many recipes, SO's and videos where the baker/chef/etc put egg white in a machine and whip it on high speed for anything up to and over 10 minutes. I have been warned about over whipping ...
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How to avoid holes in Chiffon cake?

I have recently baked a couple of chiffon cakes, overall I'm happy with the bake - the structure and flavor are very good. However I have a recurring issue with large holes in the sponge, see the ...
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How to make my meringues less sticky?

I've come a long way making meringues, beginning with brown all-around gooey mounds years ago and reaching stiff, tall and white pretties almost every time nowadays, but there is one thing I cannot ...
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Meringue Imitation to practice decoration

Does exist a product in market of imitation of not eatable meringue with the same consistency? This in order to practice decoration and re-use several times the " practice meringue" without the need ...
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Using nuts in pavlova meringue

I want to use ground nuts in a pavlova meringue, but I am having difficulty deciding what cooking technique would be best to use - recipes for meringue with nuts added seem to require a higher heat (...
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Does an acid actually stabilize meringue and if so why?

Is it scientific fact that acid stabilizes meringue or is this a fallacy? If so does anyone know actually why and are there any other substances that do this well also?
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Can I cook Meringue on tin foil rather than Baking paper?

I am making meringue's and don't have access to baking paper, would tin foil work or could I just grease the tin itself?
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What are the Purposes of the Types of Meringue that are used for Pastry?

i have seen a lot of recipes, which calls french meringue mostly in spongy cakes in the japanese cheesecake for example and other cake recipes, but for the decoration and filling of them are used ...
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What's this odd stuff coming out of my meringue?

I used this (http://m.allrecipes.com/recipe/58871/authentic-french-meringues/) recipe, but added some vanilla, probably a bit extra sugar, and baked them at 185 instead of 200 with the door open.
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How do I keep meringue from “weeping”?

Am I asking too much of meringue to be able to keep a key lime pie in the refrigerator for 24 hours? The meringue ends up very wet at the end of that period. I keep it covered in the fridge.
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What are these chocolate meringues called?

I've picked these up at a swiss/ french patisserie and I'd love to try making them myself, but I can't find anything online similar to this. They are dry and crusty on the outside and have a soft ...
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How to keep baked meringue from shrinking away from pie crust?

I've tried this three times now, but have not yet had success. When making pies like chocolate cream pie or lemon pie and topping them with meringue, after baking said meringue it inevitably shrinks ...
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How to whip up a small quantity of Italian meringue?

Sometimes, I want to make a recipe (or train one) that involves Italian meringue, but I find it very difficult to whip one up when using small quantities of egg whites. I find it very hard to whip ...
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Can you safely torch a meringue topping instead of baking it?

I want to make a butterscotch pudding and chill it in ramekins. Since the pudding calls for egg yolks, I thought of making the whites into a meringue topping. If I do that, can I brown the topping ...
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What is the best way to making a great pavlova base?

What is the best way to making a great pavlova base?
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Making my meringues form peaks

Last week I made a meringue icing for my cupcakes and had problems making my meringue form peaks. This makes me ask what are some of your tips/tricks? What do you do or add to your egg white mixture ...
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How can I stop my pavlova from “leaking”?

I'm learning to make Pavlova. I'm five attempts in and generally pretty happy with my latest one except for the weird "leaking" that happens during baking. Anyone know why this happens and how to stop ...
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How to keep meringue white while baking?

I made pavlovas last week from 4 egg whites and about a cup of sugar whipped together to a SUPER form meringue. I piped them on to a tray and baked first on 120 degrees for an hour and then on 70 ...
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Egg temperature for meringue

All the experts insist that a meringue must be made with room-temperature eggs. Why? I ask because my experience runs completely opposite, at least when it comes to flourless/nut-based desserts where ...
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Why is my meringue soft, moist and discoloured?

There is a similar question to this, but without a recipe and no satisfactory answer... I used 3 egg whites with pristine metal utensils. Absolutely no moisture, fats, etc. Whisked slow, medium, ...
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How to prevent Meringue from turning chewy/gummy-like?

My attempts at Meringue-making are driving me a tiny but crazy... No matter what I do, at first, they are still wet on the inside, and if I leave them standing longer to dry out, they get a chewy/...
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Incorporating Italian meringue into mousse

Yesterday I made some mousse using whipped cream and Italian meringue as aerators. I incorporated the whipped cream to the base first and the Italian meringue last. However, the Italian meringue was a ...
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Italian Meringue with Non-Simple Syrup?

I'm trying out making macarons, and I'd like to get some strawberry flavor incorporated, but I don't have access to flavored powder. I've seen some recipes that use an Italian meringue instead of ...
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What to do with egg whites after stiff peaks collapse & you can't re-beat

So weird situation... beat eggs to stiff peaks with intention of making meringues. Forgot about them somehow (dinner party), but now, my friend's mixer that we borrowed is no longer available and the ...
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Factors affecting meringue crispness

I've read the other questions on meringue but didn't find the answer I'm looking for. When making meringue, there are basically three types that form: Crisp shells will a uniform texture throughout. ...
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How long can I store a 'naked' Pavlova?

I've recently explored many Pavlova recipes and some of them say its ok to store the pavlova 3-4 day, while others say that one day of storage is already too much. As I've never made a Pavlova, I am ...
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How do I make meringue using a whipped cream charger?

What is the method and ingredients for making small hard meringues using a whipped cream charger? How do I combine the ingredients in the charger prior to whipping? Please help - I can't find this ...
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What is meringue powder?

I've got a recipe that asks for meringue powder and I have no idea what it is. So my question is what is meringue powder and what purpose does it serve in recipes?
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Icing a cake with meringue: can it be done in advance?

I have an event this Saturday for which I'm preparing a layered cake to take. I was planning to ice it with meringue (Italian, for best stability) and then torching it. The event begins in the morning,...
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Îles flottantes vs. oeufs à la neige

Long ago, I ate at someone's house and was served pieces of meringue on chilled crème anglaise.* The hostess called it îles flottantes, but I have since heard it called oeufs à la neige. Meanwhile, I'...
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How to consistently get golden beads on meringue topping?

Sometimes, golden beads form on my cheesecake with meringue topping. I very much like this effect, but I can't get it to appear consistently. Can anyone give advice as to what to pay attention to?
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Too big tin for meringue cake recipe. How to solve?

So I have this recipe for a hazelnut meringue cake. It asks for an 18cm tin. However, I only have a 24cm tin. I went to the shop today but they do not have a 18cm tin. So i guess there are several ...
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How to make a meringue cake layer that is not cracked?

I have been trying for some time to make a meringue cake layer (like for Pavlova, but flatter, thinner) and I have not had any luck. The recipe I use is 50 grams of sugar per one medium egg white, and ...
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Fast meringue technique

I use the slow method of baking a meringue, as described here. I'm aware that there is a fast method, but can't find it online. (Besides, I'd really prefer the human input garnered here!) Currently, ...
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Can “low fat” eggs have an impact on meringue formation?

Yesterday I tried making a meringue-based dessert with a recipe I've used successfully a few times before, which calls for 6 egg whites and 1.5 cups of sugar. I made sure to have no egg yolk with the ...
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Why are amaretti mixed as they are?

Most recipes for amaretti call for the sugar to be combined with the ground almonds and then added to beaten egg whites. When making meringue, on the other hand, the sugar is beaten into partially-...
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What’s the minimum sugar to egg white ratio in Swiss buttercream?

A Swiss meringue buttercream is a buttercream based on a sugar and egg white mix that is first heated and then whipped. The average recipes I could find use roughly one part egg white to two parts of ...
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How do you make meringues?

I've scoured the internet to find the recipe for one of my favorite childhood sweets, and since I'm away from home, I can't buy it by weight and I definitely can't afford to buy a tiny piece for $3 or ...