Foolproof French meringues

Foolproof French meringues


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About this recipe: Want the incomparable texture of meringues found in French patisseries? This is your recipe.


Serves: 36 

  • 4 egg whites
  • 270g icing sugar

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:3hr  ›  Ready in:3hr20min 

  1. Preheat the oven to 100 C / Gas 1/4. Butter and flour a baking tray.
  2. In a glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites until foamy using an electric mixer. Sprinkle in sugar a little at a time, while continuing to whip at medium speed. When the mixture becomes stiff and shiny like satin, stop mixing and transfer the mixture to a large pastry bag. Pipe the meringue out onto the prepared baking tray using a large round tip or star tip.
  3. Place the meringues in the oven and place a wooden spoon handle in the door to keep it from closing all the way. Bake for 3 hours, or until the meringues are dry, and can easily be removed from the tray. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Thank you for this recipe. Some of my meringues were perfect; most of them split and foamed at the cracks. Can you kindly suggest why? Did I over-whip the egg whites? Also, 3 hours seemed like an inordinate amount of time - was that so they would be crisp all the way through (if I wanted them gooey inside, would I just cook for about half the time? Would appreciate your suggestions. - 03 May 2013

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