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Old 06-06-2015, 06:35 PM   #1
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Beating egg whites to form peaks

First attempt at making a pineapple upside down cake.
The recipe said to separate the eggs and beat the whites
until stiff.
I don't have a mixer so I used a whisk. Well after 20 minutes
the best I could get was a light foam. It worked OK.

Is it possible to get egg whites stiff using only a whisk?

Thanks

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Old 06-06-2015, 07:42 PM   #2
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I'm lazy so I would use a different recipe!

Try this one, it is excellent.

https://books.google.com/books?id=oi...20cake&f=false

and yes you can beat egg whites with a whisk. You should make absolutely sure that your whisk and bowl are sparkling clean and free of any grease, use room temperature egg whites from older eggs and be careful not to get any of the yolk into the egg whites. Then whip away until you feel like your arm is going to fall off, pass the bowl to anyone that walks into the kitchen and let them whisk for a while. It's really not a big chore once you get the hang of it, good luck!
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Old 06-06-2015, 08:37 PM   #3
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What Aunt Bea said. Also, dry your equipment with paper towels or a tea towel that has been rinsed extra times. The leftover detergent from tea towels can apparently have an adverse effect.
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Old 06-06-2015, 09:08 PM   #4
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Also if you are fortunate enough to have a copper bowl, that will be a tremendous help. The following should be on help.

Whipping Egg Whites - Culinary Techniques

Good luck.
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That's a good recipe, AB. It sounds similar to the one I used, but it's been years ago. I don't remember the recipe calling for beating the egg whites separately till stiff.

Pineapple upside down cake is way high on my list of fave desserts.
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Is it possible to get egg whites stiff using only a whisk?

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I've seen Bobby Flay do it, but I have never attempted it myself.
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I've seen Bobby Flay do it, but I have never attempted it myself.
I've seen that too...but I've never tried it...wonder if it works better with fresh eggs vs. store eggs?
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I have beaten egg whites (stiff or to soft peaks, depending on the recipe) with one of these:



Now I use a whisk attachment on my immersion blender.
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Old 06-06-2015, 11:06 PM   #9
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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.

3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
Pineapple slices
3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar

3 eggs

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
  • Melt the butter. Brush a little bit of the butter on the inside of a 9-inch cake pan.
  • Mix 5 tablespoons of the butter with the dark brown sugar and 1/4 cup of the pineapple juice. Place this mixture in the bottom of the cake pan. Arrange the pineapple rings on the brown sugar mixture in a decorative pattern (be creative). Set pan aside.
  • Stir together the flour, salt, white sugar, and baking powder.
  • Separate the eggs. Beat the whites until stiff but not dry.
  • Beat two of the egg yolks until lemony yellow. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup pineapple juice, vanilla, and remaining melted butter. Add this mixture to the flour mixture. Gently fold in the egg whites. Pour batter over the top of the brown sugar and pineapple rings.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until cake springs back when lightly touched with a finger, about 30 minutes. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes then cover pan tightly with a serving dish and invert so that the pineapple side is up.
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Old 06-06-2015, 11:11 PM   #10
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Tax Lady I would love one of those .
Never found one here and my last trip to the US
Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond and a few other places didn't
carry that beater. Should have looked in a antique store.
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