Sunday, 5 July 2009

Pistachio meringue

I decided to make this dessert to take to friends. For simplicity of transportation I decided to make one large one instead of several small ones.

And then the wheels started to fall off. Blanching pistachios is not nearly as easy or as satisfying as blanching almonds or broad beans. I remembered that I am not very good at making meringue. And then I realised that I don't have a wide enough serving plate for this sort of thing.

So I ended up squashing the bottom layer of meringue into a tart plate, covering it with the filling (I just did mascarpone and some mixed berries, combined into a sort of fool, rather than mixing cream into the mascarpone and decorating with strawberries) and then topped it with the second meringue disc, tucked in around the edges.

It really didn't look bad. And it tasted nice. But it just wasn't right and wasn't what I wanted it to be. Very irritating.

10 comments:

kat said...

very frustrating to have things not work like you'd like

The Cat's Mother said...

Portable food is such a challenge.

Foodycat said...

Kat - Isn't it just! But I set myself up for failure a bit with that one.

Mother - if I'd done it in a square shape, I could've put it in my tupperware cake carrier, but I really wasn't thinking.

Everyday Cookin' said...

Never had this - BUT - it looks heavenly - I'd love to have a bit of this!

maybelle's mom said...

oh, there is nothing as maddening as when things don't work as they should. But, at least you made them most of the mistake.

HH said...

It still looks and sounds prett damn good to me! Yum! I will be making this one

Foodycat said...

Darius - you might make a better job of it than I did.

Maybelle's Mom - that is a good way of looking at it.

HH - if you make pavlovas well, you will be OK with it.

girlichef said...

Bummer. I've always wanted to make a meringue...never really worked out very well for me. It does sound good, though!

Debinhawaii said...

I am always hit or miss with meringue--it either works really well or not at all. The flavors sound great though.

Foodycat said...

Girli - I wonder what the secret is?

Deb - the flavours were superb. Very happy with that bit.

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