I don’t bake. Yes, I’m a scientist – of sorts. I cook. It’s largely undisciplined – like me! But baking? That’s a whole ‘nother ball of wax. We had leftover egg whites from making pie. Yes! It was a stunning Atlantic Beach pie from the NYT. Imagine it covered in whipped cream – but then you’d not see the pie.
Meringue cookies! Yes! Brilliant! A disaster even by my humble standards. Mix, measure, match, bake. Utter disaster! We trashed a sifter, egg beater, mixer, and a stand mixer all within one bake. No sh*t Sherlock! Yes, that would be a record for ‘round these parts. And the cookies were flat! Tasty but flat. The egg whites needed more beating! Duh! I’d write in all CAPS!, but you get it. Too funny. It cost me. I had to buy one each… and yes, this time it was a Kitchen Aide stand mixer. I register protest here and now. I wonder how the next batch of meringue cookies will turn out?
Sometimes things look better than they are. I made a lime meringue pie. It was completely unintentional. We had a half box of graham cracker crumbs leftover. It was enough to make a single crust. The filling? Well, we settled upon a “found” lime pie filling mix. It would have been lemon meringue, but you get it, right? The meringue was two egg whites – whipped to stiff frothy peaks. Wow, it really came out looking rather appetizing! And indeed, it was a show stopper and disappeared rapidly at the conclusion of the pot luck supper. It looked better than it was but who’s to tell? Easy? … as pie!