teaspoon almond extract
cup semi-sweet chocolate pieces
two large cookie sheets
and flour lightly.
egg whites and cream of
tartar until foamy and double in volume. Add almond extract and sugar
tbsp. at a time) beating until sugar dissolves completely.
# 10 plain tip to a pastry
bag and spoon meringue into pastry bag.
make mushroom cups:
press out meringue
in 1-1/2 inch rounds; smooth top of each with a knife, but don't
make steams: hold
pastry bag upright, then press out meringue, pulling straight up on bag
for about 1-1/2 inches.
in very slow 250 F (120
C) 30 minutes or until firm, but not brown.
stand several minutes, than
loosen carefully with a knife; remove to wire racks with spatula and
a chocolate; than working
very carefully make a small hollow in the underside of each cap. Fill
with melted chocolate and press steam into hollow.
- Let stand until chocolate
is firm. Sprinkle tops with cocoa.
Store in a tightly covered container in a dry place.
factor in making a successful meringue is humidity, so make them on a
day. Meringues made on a humid day can become limp and sticky because
is hygroscopic and will absorbe moisture from the air.
For faster beating and maximum
volume, you should add sugar between the beginnings of foam formation
soft peak formation. If you add some or all of the sugar before beating
or to early in the beating, you will decrease volume.
|Most of the rich, heavy
cakes should be baked on the
middle rack of the oven. Do not crowd the cake pans together because
cakes will not cook evenly.
When baking in a glass pan, reduce the oven temperature by
To keep angel
or chiffon cakes from falling, turn them upside down as they come from
oven until they cool.
When baking with melted
always let melted chocolate cool slightly before blending into the rest
of the creamed mixture and also try to scrape the sides of bowl
with rubber spatula.
To easily split a layer
of a cake in half, take a length of thread and wrap it around the
of the layer than pull the ends together. It will make a nice level cut
without any fuss.