First, let me start this blog by saying this recipe gave me no joy. That’s a cold statement, but given my disdain for meringue, it’s not surprising. When I saw the recipe called for this stubborn element, I wanted to skip it altogether and hope you understood. However, I tried it anyway. And just like usual; it disappointed. I find the sheer time this recipe calls for is not worth it. Granted, a lot of the time is spent slow heating in the oven, but still, it commands your attention.
Let’s Get Going
Meringue has a mind of its own. It decides if it will let you make it. It decides if you are worthy of its taste. I say taste in a manner of half-respect, as I have yet to taste a meringue that was palatable. It’s a difficult baking task to master, and one I have not perfected. As I write this, I am thinking meringue is MY issue, not vice versa. Hmm, I just saved myself a lot of money in therapy. Can I just say, I looked ahead to see if there were any more meringue recipes for the 2022 challenge, and thankfully, no.
Suffice it to say, I did not master it again. I have decided to skip the part where I talked about gathering the ingredients and combining solids and liquids. Let’s just get to the part where I prepared the cookies and started the meringue. I should stop and say there was a raspberry allergy in our home, so I substituted it with strawberries. Strawberries have a high water content, so using them in the meringue did not work. I just left it out but did use a little bit of food coloring and tiny sugar crystals to give it color and a bit of texture. That probably prevented the meringue from forming correctly. I also substituted strawberry preserves for raspberries. The rest of the cookie was not bad at all, actually quite tasty.
After removing the strawberries, I prepared the meringue, which proceeded to dry like noon in the desert. Tasted like it too. I ended up using it, but only for show. To eat the cookie, I had to remove the meringue. One bite and it “poofed” into powder!
My final thoughts are simply these: I fly my white apron of surrender! I will run with terror from anything meringue again. I am accepting my shortcomings and wish you all happy baking!
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