Friday, March 25, 2011

Soft peaks...

So, we're in the middle of a hundred-year-storm out here in California. That might be an exaggeration. It's been raining off and on (mostly on) for about 2 weeks, which is relatively unusual. Some trees in Lower Bidwell Park and around Chico got blown over about a week ago. You know it's a big storm when the trees blow over. And of course, being the sensible person I am, I thought what better to do in this inclement weather than to make some meringue? :)

Lemon Meringue Pie was mentioned last week and ever since then both Joel and I have been dreaming about it. So I pulled out my old recipe and my trusty whisk attachment and got to work. The pie turned out pretty good. It tasted delicious, actually, but I think the consistency was a little off. That may or may not have to do with the weather... and the fact that I have a huge problem waiting 5 whole hours for the filling to set. Teehee.

I got one of those 2-fer deals on the pie crust, so I'm gonna try the recipe again next week and I'll see if I can perfect it a bit. Then, I'll share it here, for anyone who wants it. Right now, I'm just being a tease:

Since I had the eggs out and it was still raining, I made macaroons while I was at it. :)

Funny story about macaroons and me: I've never had a macaroon other than my own. So I don't know how they compare to the mainstream macaroon. My suspicion is that mine are much more meringuey (yes) than most. Because you can really see the coconut in the photos of other people's macaroons. My coconut is sorta hidden in a poofy cloud of sweet vanilla-almond. Not that I mind. Mmmmm... I'm just curious how they compare. Maybe I'll buy one at a local patisserie and see if I can figure out how to make mine a little more so.

In the meantime, who's gonna help me eat all these sweets?! I'm gonna have to speed walk for like a month to burn all this off.

Oh wait. It's raining.

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