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Mulled Wine Challenge; Sugar. Making Meringues

Title: Making Meringues
Challenge; Sugar
Author: Curiouswombat
Characters: Un-named elf in a kitchen!
Rating: G
Source: LotR

Disclaimer: The characters in this story do not belong to me, but are being used for amusement only, and all rights remain with the estate of JRR Tolkien.

I thought recipe fic might be good for this challenge - so the drabble is an exact 100 words - the recipe an added bonus!

Making Meringues

He nipped enough sugar from the loaf, and began pounding it to make it fine enough. Then he separated the eggs before whisking the whites. He grinned and, as taught, inverted the bowl over his head – what a mess the first time he did that…

“Hours in a barely warm oven to dry out, then time to cool. Whip the cream… too much time for naught but a bite of air, I reckon, but some folk like them.” his teacher had said.

“He’s an elf!” Adar replied. “He isn’t short of time.”

But, oh, their time together had been fleeting.

Cream Meringues

For the meringue
• 8 free-range eggs, whites only
• 200g/7oz white caster sugar

For the filling
• 400ml/14fl oz double cream
• 2 tbsp icing sugar

1. For the meringue, preheat the oven to 100C/200F/Gas ¾. Line a baking tray with baking parchment. You may want to draw circles on the paper to help keep your meringues the same size.
2. Place the egg whites into a clean glass or metal bowl and whisk until soft peaks form when the whisk is removed.
3. Gradually add the sugar and continue to whisk until stiff peaks form when the whisk is removed. (You might want to test by inverting the bowl over your head… but there again you might not!)
4. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a large plain or star nozzle.
5. Pipe into 16 small rounds onto the prepared baking tray.
6. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
7. Turn the oven off but leave the meringues in the oven for at least another two hours.
8. When crisp, remove from the oven
9. For the filling, whisk the cream and icing sugar together until soft peaks form when the whisk is removed. Use to sandwich the meringues together in pairs.

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