Sunday, May 5, 2013

Meringue, is a type of dessert

Meringue, is a type of dessert, often associated with Swiss and French cuisine, made from whipped egg whites and sugar, and occasionally an acid such as cream of tartar or a small amount of 
vinegar. A binding agent such as cornstarch or gelatin may also be added. 

The addition of powdered sugar, which usually contains corn starch.
did u know that ..
A Pavlova, a national dish of Australia and New Zealand. 
Pavlova is a meringue based dessert named after the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova. It is a meringue dessert with a crisp crust and soft, light inside.
Pavlova is made by beating egg whites (and sometimes salt) to a very stiff consistency before folding in caster sugar, white vinegar, cornflour, and sometimes vanilla essence, and slow-baking the mixture, similarly to meringue.
The major difference between the pavlova and a large meringue is the addition of cornflour, which results in the pavlova having a crisp and crunchy outer shell, and a soft, moist marshmallow like center, unlike meringue which is usually solid throughout. 
Pavlova is traditionally decorated with a topping of whipped cream and fresh soft fruit such as kiwifruit, passion fruit, and strawberries.
While the key to the formation of a good meringue is the formation of stiff peaks.
Also Meringues are often flavored with vanilla and a small amount of almond 

or coconut extract.
There are several types of meringue ...
1 The sweetened, beaten egg whites that form the "islands" of Floating Island and partly cooked toppings of lemon meringue pie.
2 French meringue is the method best known to home cooks.
Fine white sugar is beaten into egg whites.
3 Italian meringue is made with boiling sugar syrup, instead of caster sugar.
4 Swiss meringue is whisked over a bain-marie to warm the egg whites, and then whisked steadily until it cools. This forms a dense, glossy marshmallow-like meringue. It is usually then baked.
[ A bain-marie also known as a water bath or double boiler in English.]
5 Meringues eaten like biscuits are baked at a very low heat for a long time. One name for them is "Forgotten Cookies".
Meringue pies and tarts are simply cream or chiffon pies covered with meringue, often called Icebox pies.

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