National Lemon Meringue Pie Day – August 15th


Happy National Lemon Meringue Pie Day!

You’ve seen it, you’ve probably tasted it. but do you know what meringue really is? Meringue is a type of dessert made from whipped egg whites and sugar, and occasionally an acid, such as lemon, or cream of tartar and a binding agent such as salt or cornstarch. it is often used as a topping on various confections.

There are several types of meringue preparations, including:

  • French meringue or basic meringue in which fine white sugar is beaten into egg whites.
  • Italian meringue is made with boiling sugar syrup which is then whipped into softly whipped egg whites till stiff and until the meringue becomes cool.
  • Swiss meringue is  whisked over a bain-marie (double boiler) to warm the egg whites, and then whisked steadily until it cools. It is usually then baked.

Try this Lemon Meringue Pie recipe to celebrate the day!

Magic Lemon Meringue Pie
Magic Lemon Meringue Pie, Courtesy, http://www.foodnetwork.com

Sources: http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com, http://www.wikipedia.com,  “On Cooking: A Textbook of Culinary Fundamentals (5th edition),” Labenski, Sarah et al, Pearson Publishing, 2015

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