My Spectacular Fail at Making Meringue


So, I got this "As Seen on TV" kind of whisk. I thought it'd be cool to have on hand because you don't need to plug it in and it's pretty easy to wash.

Last night, I also realized it had recipes on it, INCLUDING ONE FOR MERINGUE.

So I decided I'M MAKING MERINGUE.

I didn't have any pies to put it on top of but I didn't care. I figured, "I'll eat it by itself."

So, I dumped all the ingredients in a bowl and went to town with this EuroWhipp. Wonderful frothy bubbles appeared with hardly any work at all.

photo: Tessa Hall

When it didn't look like actual meringue after whisking it with this thing (and the fact that it had raw egg in it) I realized that I probably needed to cook it.

"Enh, I'll turn on the oven at 350 and throw it in for 10 minutes. Everything cooks at 350."

This is the point when I googled how to actually make meringue.

It turns out there's a specific order to putting the ingredients together while you whisk. It does not involve throwing everything in at once. In my defense, the "recipe" on the box looked like this:

photo: Tessa Hall

Whatever. I decided I'd still eat my Frankenstein meringue because it'd be sweet regardless of what it looked like.

You know what happens when you put a concoction that was supposed to be meringue (egg whites, sugar, and vanilla extract) in the oven for 10 minutes at 350?

It looks like and has the consistency of applesauce, but tastes like burned cooked egg with a hint of vanilla.

As you can see, I loved it.

photo: Tessa Hall

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