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Help me trouble-shoot my meringues!

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Help me trouble-shoot my meringues!

ScarletB | Nov 22, 2006 05:28 PM

This is just getting annoying, and I need your help. My mother has made meringue cookies for every holiday for as long as I can remember, and I have taken over the tradition. Sometimes mine come out wonderful, and other times they don't (hers are always great). My batch from last night are too sticky. Her method is to stick them in the oven after baking something else, so usually it's at 350, leaves them in for 5-10 minutes and then turns the oven off and leaves it overnight. I've not had luck with that method as mine get browned in just three minutes. So I've done the two hours at 200 method and then turned it off. Still sticky, but only sometimes. I just don't understand the inconsistency. So let me list potential problems, and a meringue master out there can help me.
- gas oven, which could account for my browning and my mom's not
- live in Portland, OR where it rains, a lot!
- undermixing?
- overmixing?

I don't know what else. Someone, please help. I love these cookies, and when they turn out they are fabulous!

Thanks so much everyone.

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