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sean
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 15 12:55 pm    Post subject: How long would a softish meringue keep?  Reply with quote    

We're going up to that London for Christmas. I'm cooking dinner for my mum's birthday (Boxing Day). I was thinking about doing Nigella's lemon curd pavlova for pudding. Does the downsizer collective cookery brain reckon I could cook the meringue in advance on say 22nd/23rd and take it up in a cake tin?

Nick



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 15 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I would say yes, but I am not a proper merengologist.

sean
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 15 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I reckon you're right though despite your lack of qualifications. So, make gil's lemon curd and meringue on 23rd and assemble on 26th it is. Obviously if it turns out toxic or horrible I shall blame you.

Nick



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 15 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's fine.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 15 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

remember to pack it securely in the tin,i recon a "driven merangue" might be a bit like a boxer's brain.

iirc a tinned softish one will last a week,very dry and crispy are long life (well maybe a month)

with either damp is your enemy and will make them go rather chewy

sean
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 15 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chewy's OK for pavlova anyway. Good to have someone else to blame as well as Nick though.

Rusticwood



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 15 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If it's left anywhere near me it won't last long at all

cir3ngirl



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 15 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rusticwood wrote:
If it's left anywhere near me it won't last long at all

This was my thinking too

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 15 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

perhaps make two ,just to test if it is ok .

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 15 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Do a trial run. Make one today and drive it round for a few days to see how it is. I was forced to do this with chocolate chestnut cake to see if it freezes ok.

My opinion is that it will be fine. But I think meringue starts off inedible anyway.

otatop



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 15 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

How long is the drive? Pavlova freezes well.

sean
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 15 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

North Devon to that London.

otatop



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 15 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

In that case I would have thought that 5/6ish hours would defrost it nicely from frozen. Just pack it carefully. Will there be a Labrador in the car?

sean
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 15 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No to the lab, and the springer's going to kennels. I think I'll still assemble it on site though. I don't want everything to bleed together and I'm not sure about freezing lemon curd. Plus we're traveling Thursday and eating it on Saturday.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 15 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

flat pack meringue seems a good way to go.

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