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Old 02-07-2006, 01:28 PM   #1
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I need advise on how to get a meringue not to weep. I heard to put meringue on cooled pies and to put on warm pies, I don't know which is correct. Please help!


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Old 02-07-2006, 02:23 PM   #2
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Weeping is caused when the inside of a meringue is not properly cooked through. To avoid this place your meringue on warm pies, it will help cook the middle of the meringue.

Another tip is to sprinkle breadcrumbs (or cake crumbs if you have them) over the filling and then place your meringue on top. The crumbs help soak up any excess moisture.

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Old 02-07-2006, 04:23 PM   #3
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Make sure that the sugar beaten with the egg whites is completely dissolved. Rub a little of the mixture between two fingers. The undissolved sugar will feel grainy. Cook meringues at the lowest oven temperature.

Beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks, then sprinkle the sugar on top of the egg whites. Allow the egg whites to sit for 5 minutes without stirring. Beat the egg whites and sugar until stiff peaks form. Spread the meringue over pies and bake as usual.

It's a good idea to leave the meringue in the oven with door ajar and heat turned off after it's been cooked. That way, is doesn't have a temp-change-shock. Keep the meringue out of draughts while it cools, too.
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Weeping meringue is caused by over cooking. The excess heat causes the proteins in the whites to contract and squeeze out moisture.
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Haggis I think covered the most common problem. Put the meringue on when the filling/topping is hot. This will help set the bottom of the meringue and prevent any moisture in the egg foam from leaking out. You can also add about a teaspoon of corn starch with the sugar to the egg whites. This will help absorb excess moisture and help the egg whites from becoming overbeaten. The breadcrumb method that Daisy mentioned is also helpful and you can use other things. Cake crumbs, graham cracker crumbs, etc. will work too. And lastly, you could always make an Italian Meringue if you're still having problems with weeping.
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