When I received The Baking Bible fresh from the book seller, the pages opened to Meringue Birch Twigs. I lusted over the picture. They looked so easy and simple. Such a breeze so beautiful. Not. They were a challenge the whole way through. The meringue was easy, but piping the batter into clean straight lines was tough. After they dried, they wouldn't release from the Silpat and almost all of them broke. ???
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MAKING THE MERINGUE
The finished meringue.
- I had so many choices of flavourings: orange, lemon, lime, maple, coconut, cinnamon, anise, but in the end I chose tangerine. I liked the idea of a soft gentle orange flavour with the crispy meringue.
Boyajian Tangerine Oil.
PIPE THE MERINGUE TWIGS
- I felt very optimistic when I started. How difficult could this be, so I readied my tip and the bag
My #9 piping tip.
My piping bag ready for the meringue.
- Meringue in the bag., I set about piping the twigs from top to bottom, but I couldn't get a nice, even stick. I was shaking side to side, and I couldn't develop constant tension from top to bottom. So I changed the position of bag. Didn't work any better.
- Now I tucked my elbows into my body and went side to side. My body seemed to understand this motion. Now I got straight and even twigs.
- Rather than using a brush to tamp down the ends, I just wet my fingertips and smoothed out the ends. This worked well.
Piped twigs before I tapped down the ends and before they were baked.
BAKE THE MERINGUE TWIGS
- They baked without incident, but I thought better to release the twigs from the Silpat before I drizzled them. I worried they would be double stuck, and would break.
- As it turns out, the twigs wouldn't release from the Silpat. So strange because NOTHING sticks to Silpat. I tried every way I could think of to release them cleanly, but every which way I tried, they broke. They stuck to the Silpat! Huh?
Baked meringues stuck to the Silpat and broke.
DRIZZLE THE MERINGUE TWIGS WITH MELTED CHOCOLATE
- Melting the chocolate was okay.
Melting chocolate for the drizzle.
- Releasing them again with the chocolate dried to the Silpat broke them even more. So I gave up.
Drizzled chocolate over the Meringue Birch Twigs
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Meringue Birch Twigs, The Finer Cookie.