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help my meringues keep sticking!

Thread Starter: MoMo88    Started: Wed 18 Jul 2007    Replies: 4

Despite following recipies my meringues keep weeping at the bottom & sticking to their baking tray. What am I doing wrong? Over mixing, Under mixing, oven to damp??????

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Wed 18 Jul 2007, 3.34PM


Have you tried leaving them in the oven (with the oven switched off) for a couple of hours after baking? Hopefully you are using a non-stick backing sheet.

If the mix doesn't seem right, you may be over mixing, in which case use a balloon hand whisk and stop once the mix is fluffy and stiff, the bowel and the whisk need to be totally free of any traces of grease - wiping first with a lemon will get rid of any unseen traces. Use fresh eggs and make sure none of the yolk gets into the mix.

Failing that, I would suggest trying another recipe - you could also use icing sugar instead of castor, which might help with mixing and cohesion when baking.

Tue 24 Jul 2007, 4.32PM

Mrs MacOz

Hi Momo88,

Weeping can result from the sugar not being dissolved properly, overbeating & if the weather is humid.

Make sure your egg whites are super fresh & at room temperature, & all your utensils spotlessly clean. Don't use eggs staright out of the fridge.

My Nana used to add a pinch of salt, as the whites were being beaten, & just as the mixture started to bubble & change colour. Apparently this helps to reduce the temperature of the whites. You could also try beating the whites over a bain-marie (pot of gently simmering water), but don't let the water touch the bowl, otherwise you'll cook your egg whites. This helps to stabilize the mixture.

Also, I'm not sure what sort of recipe you have, but try one with cream of tartar in it, I believe this helps to stabilize the meringue as well.

To check if the sugar has dissolved, rub a little of the mixture between your fingers & if it feels a little gritty, it needs more beating. Don't forget the mixture needs to be really stiff & glossy, & oven temperature no more than 120C, for around 1&1/4hrs. Meringues are dried out, not cooked, so leaving them in the oven after this time to cool completely is really important.

When I need meringues (or a pavlova), I usually make them the night before, & leave them in the oven overnight to cool completely.

Hope these help Smile

Tue 24 Jul 2007, 4.35PM

Mrs MacOz

P.S. Oops, forgot to mention, I always line my baking tray with a piece of silicon paper (baking paper)

Wed 25 Jul 2007, 10.21PM

Mary from Australia

I agree with Gastrosurf and Mrs MacOz regarding switching off the oven and leaving them in until completely cold, and like Mrs MacOz I do this overnight. Just don't forget to take them out in the morning. I turned on the oven to bake my bread one day totally forgetting about the cold pavlova in there - Oh dear, the mess and the terrible smell!!!