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Old 06-06-2015, 11:14 PM   #11
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Thanks Addie...some good tips there. thanks
I was thinking, while whisking away that maybe
cream of tarter or a little sugar might help since
they are used for meringue.
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I just remembered another tip. Use a glass, stainless steel, or porcelain bowl. Plastic retains grease.

I wonder if using a straight back and forth motion instead of a circular motion would work better. It does when whipping cream.
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Thanks Addie...some good tips there. thanks
I was thinking, while whisking away that maybe
cream of tarter or a little sugar might help since
they are used for meringue.
I have heard that cream of tartar or a tiny bit of lemon juice helps. I can tell you from first hand experience, that if you don't add the sugar just right, the egg foam can get sort of gummy/stretchy and lose volume.
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Old 06-07-2015, 03:53 AM   #14
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Whipping the egg whites make the cake very light and moist.
I may have gotten a little egg yolk in with the whites.

Thanks for all the tips.

This is the recipe I used and for being my first time it came out
of the pan---which was my biggest fear.

That may be why it is traditional to serve it with a big dollop of whipped cream!

The worse the poor cake looks the more whipped cream you put on each piece!
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I may have gotten a little egg yolk in with the whites.
And that would be a good reason why they would never form peaks. I've whipped egg whites to firm peaks by hand. Felt my arm would fall off during and after but I've done it. Wouldn't feel like getting mixer out and/or cleaning it up, thought it wouldn't be so bad and then ended up wishing I had anyway but was too stubborn by that time. You don't really need cream of tartar or sugar. I always start out with room temp eggs though as they will whip faster. If you forget to take them out beforehand, just plop them in a bowl of very warm water for a few minutes, then dry before cracking.
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Is it possible to get egg whites stiff using only a whisk?

Thanks
It is possible, when we did not have electric mixer my mom and I would do it. We would switch after few minutes of vigorous beating, because you just get too tired too fast. But it always worked.
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IT also helps to have the egg whites at room temperature.
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Old 11-08-2015, 08:19 AM   #18
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Thanks Addie...some good tips there. thanks
I was thinking, while whisking away that maybe
cream of tarter or a little sugar might help since
they are used for meringue.
I find the easiest way to separate the yolk from the whites is in my hand. Just let the egg into you hand and let the whites fall through you fingers. Much easier than passing back and forth between the shell halves. Or purchase an egg separator. Very inexpensive.

Should you find any yolk in your whites, put it aside and start again with another egg. Use it for another recipe or scrambled eggs for breakfast.

Also use a separate clean bowl each time you are separating the egg. You can use a small custard bowl, even a coffee cup. But should the yolk break during this step, wash out the small bowl, cup, dry well and then do another egg. Next place the white in the bowl you are going to whisk it in. Place the yolk in another bowl. Every piece of equipment MUST be absolutely clean to whisk by hand. I know, more dishes or bowls for cleanup. But success with the egg whites beating up to stiff peaks.

Remember, the yolks have fat in them. Think cholesterol. Fat is a death knell for successful stiff egg whites.

Good luck!
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