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Posted: 02 June 2014 10:24 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I opened RHC to this cake and, after reading all about it, decided this would be my next cake to tackle.

I searched the forum and read many comments and saw some lovely pics of the cake. This will be my first meringue, so I would appreciate any advice.

Could I use the bottom of a spring-form pan for the cake to sit on when browning the meringue? Should I use less sugar in the lemon curd? What is the best tool for folding the egg whites and a special technique maybe?

I have all week to think about it and learn as much as possible, so any help would be super.

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Posted: 03 June 2014 08:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Your springform pan bottom should be OK for a quick trip to the broiler, just don’t use the sides as they may extend up close enough to the broiler to damage them.

I bet you’ll do great with the meringue, just have everything ready beforehand and follow the details. 

The cake is a sponge-type, be sure to beat the eggs/whites long enough and to fold just barely enough to get the flour incorporated.  And make sure to use all the syrup. 

Good luck, hope you’ll post a pic smile

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Posted: 03 June 2014 11:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thanks, Julie.

I will post a pic, promise!! smile

I love gearing up for it and, your suggestion of having everything ready, is a good one.  I will continue to re-read the recipe, because I have learned that to miss even ‘one-little-detail’ can be tragic, not magic. 

I won’t forget the syrup and did read about how, without it, the cake isn’t as good.

I will be sure to beat the egg/whites long enough and watch folding in the flour. Makes me nervous thinking about it. A good nervous!! Thanks so much, Julie!! That helped me a lot. 

Abbey

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Posted: 04 June 2014 01:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Hi Julie,

I wondered about you mentioning ‘broiler’ in your reply to me. Is that how you browned the meringue?

One lady said she used her convection oven so it would brown evenly.

But if I broiled it that would save a lot of heat in the kitchen.

I’ve searched for myself but still wonder what you say.

Thanks again!

Abbey

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Posted: 04 June 2014 07:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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abbey - 04 June 2014 01:04 PM

But if I broiled it that would save a lot of heat in the kitchen.

A propane torch will work nicely.

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Posted: 04 June 2014 07:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Torch is faster and can be controlled easily.

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Posted: 04 June 2014 10:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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CharlesT - 04 June 2014 07:06 PM
abbey - 04 June 2014 01:04 PM

But if I broiled it that would save a lot of heat in the kitchen.

A propane torch will work nicely.

Thank you Charles. That is exactly what I will do. Amazon has a good selection but it sounds like my best bet is to purchase one at the hardware store. I will check the garage first. smile

Though I would love to have one just for kitchen use, with an automatic click or starter. I thinks that’s what they called it. I need to learn more about them.

Do you prefer a certain brand or do you just use one from the hardware store? 

 

 

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Posted: 04 June 2014 10:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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prettycake - 04 June 2014 07:36 PM

Torch is faster and can be controlled easily.

Thanks prettycake. That is what I will do. What kind of torch do you use?

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Posted: 04 June 2014 11:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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abbey - 04 June 2014 10:37 PM

best bet is to purchase one at the hardware store.

Absolutely. There is a useful attachment: a hose with a click starter. The main benefit is that the bottle, when tilted sidewise, tends to make the flame go out. With the hose attachment, you can keep the bottle upright.

Any brand should work and the bottles are interchangeable.

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Posted: 05 June 2014 12:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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abbey - 04 June 2014 10:40 PM
prettycake - 04 June 2014 07:36 PM

Torch is faster and can be controlled easily.

Thanks prettycake. That is what I will do. What kind of torch do you use?

Hi Abby,  smile

You are very welcome.  Mine is “Bonjour” by Chalumeau De Cuisine.. I got it from Bed Bath and Beyond.. I rarely use mine,  but since I got it,  it is what I use
for jobs like these. It is very handy and easy to use.  It is what Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa uses

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Posted: 05 June 2014 08:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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CharlesT - 04 June 2014 11:23 PM
abbey - 04 June 2014 10:37 PM

best bet is to purchase one at the hardware store.

Absolutely. There is a useful attachment: a hose with a click starter. The main benefit is that the bottle, when tilted sidewise, tends to make the flame go out. With the hose attachment, you can keep the bottle upright.

Any brand should work and the bottles are interchangeable.

Perfect. Thanks, Charles. I’ll swing by Home Depot.

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Posted: 05 June 2014 09:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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prettycake - 05 June 2014 12:02 AM
abbey - 04 June 2014 10:40 PM
prettycake - 04 June 2014 07:36 PM

Torch is faster and can be controlled easily.

Thanks prettycake. That is what I will do. What kind of torch do you use?

Hi Abby,  smile

You are very welcome.  Mine is “Bonjour” by Chalumeau De Cuisine.. I got it from Bed Bath and Beyond.. I rarely use mine,  buy since I got it,  it is what I use
for jobs like these. It is very hand and easy to use.  It is what Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa uses

Hi Prettycake.

That sounds like a good one to me. Love the Barefoot Contessa. smile I’ll be watching for a good deal while learning all about torches. Thanks again!!

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Posted: 06 June 2014 06:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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I have used a broiler and it works fine, but you have to watch it like a hawk - often the difference between golden and burnt is only 20-30 seconds.

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Posted: 06 June 2014 10:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Thanks Julie. I wonder if you have ever used a torch. I asked the ladies at the bakery and was told they used the oven for a few minutes.  I will probably try the torch but haven’t purchased it yet. And will try to make this cake tomorrow since it is supposed to rain but sunshine on Sunday. wink

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Posted: 08 June 2014 10:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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I don’t have a torch, but have been eyeing an infrared tool for the same purpose.  smile

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Posted: 08 June 2014 05:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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On the funny side, Lightsaber works too, according to Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader smile

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