One of the other things concerning pie that I am always asked is about meringue. Meringue can be hard to get right, I have had terrible meringues a couple of times here lately. I was actually going to post about meringue a few months back, trying to photograph making meringue is not recommended! Now I am no expert but it isn't so difficult, it just takes your attention, hence not worrying about taking pictures more than giving attention to what you are doing. So this time I just snapped a couple of quick pictures during the process and kept my eye on the meringue. Here is the recipe I use, it is from the red plaid Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book.
4 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 Cup sugar
With a mixer beat the whites, vanilla and cream of tartar on medium speed for about 1 minute until soft peaks form.
Gradually add the sugar, about a tablespoon at a time, beating at high speed about 4 minutes or more till mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks and sugar dis dissolved. Spread meringue over pie, carfully sealing to the edge of pastry to prevent shrinkage. Bake as directed in pie recipe or bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
I use my timer and follow the directions as stated. After the first timed minute it basically looks like foam.
After the last timed four minutes it should look like marshmallow cream. I sometimes have to beat it a litte longer to get this. My mom always said it was better to beat a little longer than not.
I put it on top of the pie with a butter knife, you can get the nice tips with that.
I mentioned before that we were able to go to Greece this spring. It was a such a great trip for so many reasons, but my favorite memory that I will treasure forever is the excitement that Mr. Wonderful had when he climbed up on Mars Hill and then preached there the following morning to our little group. Think taking a 5 year old to Disney, it was that kind of pure joy and excitement. (Mars Hill is where Paul preached in Acts 17.) So on his birthday I wanted to share a picture of that moment that warms my heart.
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