Wednesday, January 13, 2010

whipped heaven

i found myself wanting to play with meringue today
which might seem silly 
because it was raining 
"they" say you shouldn't  make meringue when it is raining 
i think "they" are wrong
 i couldn't shake the slideshow in my head
 of fluffy, sugary-white meringue
it billowed in my mind
and melted like spring snow on my tongue  

I just love it

and you can probably expect quite a few posts about it  these next few days

especially since valentine's day is rearing its
darling little head
upon our days

cupid's wings
3 large egg whites at room temperature
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
Make sure the beater and bowl are extremely clean and free of any oil or fats.  Beat whites on low until foamy. Add salt and then kick up the speed to medium. Add cream of tartar.  Begin to slowly add the sugar "raining" it into the egg whites.  Continue to beat until soft peaks form, then add vanilla.  Beat to stiff and firm peaks.
If you over-beat, you will see moisture starting to "weep" from the whites.  If this happens, start over!


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