DISHES
by William Leigh

Perfect meringues with a crunch on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside. Easy to make and lovely sandwiched with chocolate and cream.

Cakes and baking

Storage

Meringues keep for a good few weeks in an airtight container.

Preparation

The three main types or meringue are: ordinary meringue (the simplest, sometimes called meringue Suisse, which is just egg whites and sugar whisked until stiff); Italian meringue, which is made with a hot sugar syrup; and cooked meringue, which is made by whisking the egg whites with icing sugar in a bowl set over simmering water.

Meringue is used as a topping on pies and tarts, or it can be piped or spooned into nest shapes then baked in a low oven. The texture of your meringues depends on the ratio of sugar to egg whites and the temperature at which the meringue is baked.

Other considerations

The Food Standards Agency recommends that pasteurised egg should be used in any dish in which the egg will not be completely cooked. Pasteurised egg is available in frozen, liquid or powder form and eggs pasteurised in their shells are also available.