Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Meringues for hopeless ! (Meringues pour les nuls)

This past week was … crazy ! No quiet moment !

I cooked. But I didn’t find one little tiny moment to take care of this blog an I apologize for this !

Now, life is calmer and I want to share with you one deepest philosophical thought I had this week end :

There’s something I wasn’t prepared, when I start blogging …

To be obligated to clean my kitchen every day !
WORST : I am obligated to clean between EACH PICTURE !!

Well … don’t get me wrong, my kitchen is generally clean enough and orderly.

But sometimes, I force myself to not be perfect, it’s hard, but I have to fight against myself.

So after diner, when table is clear away and dishwasher... is dishwashing, I slouch in the sofa, and watch Bones, or the mentalist or NCIS !
And it doesn’t prevent me from sleeping !

Hello … My name is Axelle and I don’t clean my kitchen everyday.
Hello Axelle …

When I started blogging, I thought I could assume this fact very easily. 
I just wanted to be a cook ! Not a cleaner ! ;)

But when I began to take some pictures and I saw, in the background , vegetables peelings, dirty dishes in the double sink, messy cooker, oil traces on the work top, I had to admit that, maybe, I should clean between each picture.

That’s what I did … for some weeks.

Then I found a solution.

No need to keep a sponge in hand all the time … Just learn to focus better with your camera.
Now, I capture only the mixture or the dish…
This way, you can’t see the rest of my kitchen !
That’s’ what imperfect women do. Or maybe all bloggers …

Today, I’m going to share with you my recipes of meringues.
For years, I never dared to bake meringues. They seem to be so fragile and delicate to make…
For me, better being a real baker to bake meringues.
Then I found this recipe. And my life has changed !
I found this on internet and this recipe was really called like this : “meringues pour les nuls”.
The woman who posted it said : “I’m hopeless in baking yet I never spoil those meringues.”
So …Why not me ?

And it was true. Ok, they are not as fluffy as in a bakery. But they are well for a diner or just a will of sugar, believe me ! 


Your oven must be preheated at 120°C (Th 4 / 250°F)

You'll need for 20 little meringues :
  • 4 eggs
  • 250 grammes of white sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod (or a teaspoon of vanilla liquid)
  • A pinch of salt.


Step 1 :
Carefully, separate white from yolks and add a pinch of salt in the whites.

Aaaaarghh, I'm not a cleaner and I'm not a photographer !! 

I absolutely have to make a diet for hands... Do you think it is possible ?? ... 

Step 2 : 
Whisk whites until they become tough.



To know if they are ready, you can turn your pan upside down. If they don't fall, they are good ! If not... take other eggs. 




Step 3 : 
Cut your pod in two and, with a knife's tip, recover the grains and add them to the beaten whites.





Step 4 :
Little by little, whisking each time, pour the sugar until combined. 


Your whisk must look like, what we call "le bec d'oiseau" (bird's beak).


Step 5 : 
With 2 tablespoon, pour some little piles on a baking sheet. No matter the form !! Do it as you can, don't worry.


And put them in the oven for 50 minutes, if you like them a little bit chewy inside, and 1 hour if you prefer them a little more dry inside.
Very important : don't open your oven during the cooking time ! 

After 50 minutes for me, they looked like this : 



Bon appétit ! 


Recapitulative for 20 little meringues :

  • 4 eggs
  • 250 grammes of white sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod (or a teaspoon of vanilla liquid)
  • A pinch of salt.



Carefully, separate white from yolks and add a pinch of salt in the whites.

Whisk whites until they become tough.

Cut your pod in two and, with a knife's tip, recover the grains and add them to the beaten whites.

Little by little, whisking each time, pour the sugar until combined. 

With 2 tablespoon, pour some little piles on a baking sheet. No matter the form.

And put them in the oven for 50 minutes, if you like them a little bit chewy inside, and 1 hour if you prefer them a little more dry inside.
Very important : don't open your oven during the cooking time ! 

6 comments:

  1. I sometimes look back at posts and see a messy kitchen behind a photo and wince!

    These look wonderful, I have never made much meringue, so this might be life changing!

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    1. We have to remember : messy kitchen means life ! :)

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  2. I am terrible about cleaning between photos. I figure that since I'm really trying to cook and get food on the table at a decent hour, I get to give myself a little break. Would my photos be better if I staged them nicer? Yes. Would my food be any less delicious. Nope. So I clear away things when I can, and give myself a break if a stray mess comes into the picture.

    I've never made meringues but now I think I will try!

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    1. Amen, Claudia !! ;)
      My mother uses to say "I'm not born to clean". I think she's right !! :D

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  3. We will still be here after the busyness of life :)

    Thank you for all the effort you take to make your photos (and kitchen) look so pretty :) And the food - so so good!

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    1. Thank you so much, Gina ! I'm not sure that my photo look pretty, but this is because I've got a bad camera ... This is what I'm going to argue with my husband : Xmas is coming soon !!! :D

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