This experiment looks at how egg white ( albumen ) is transformed as it is whisked. Egg white is about ⅔ of the total weight of an egg and is 10% protein, the rest being mostly water. To demonstrate the change in the egg white, we will find out how to make meringue!
How to make Meringue
What you need:
- A bowl
- A whisk
- Baking sheet
- Four egg whites
- 225g caster sugar
You can use fewer eggs as long as you use about 55g of caster sugar per egg white.
Instructions for making meringue
- Preheat the oven to 140 degrees.
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment
- Put the egg whites in a bowl and whisk slowly at first then faster as they expand. Once you get stiff peaks, the egg whites are ready.
- Add the sugar slowly a few tablespoons at a time and whisk after each sugar addition.
- Place 2 heaped tablespoons of mixture onto the baking parchment, leave a gap and then repeat until all your mixture is used up.
- Place in the oven on a low shelf for about 45 minutes. Then turn the oven off, but leave the meringues inside for a further 15 minutes.
- Serve with whipped cream and fruit.
For more fun try making meringue towers, how high can you build them before they topple?
The Science Behind Meringue
When we whisk egg white, two things happen:
- The whisk creates a force through the egg white which unfolds the protein molecules.
- The whisking also causes air bubbles to be trapped in the unfolded proteins which makes a foam.
When baked, the foam hardens into meringue! How cool is that?
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Last Updated on January 23, 2023 by Emma Vanstone
What fun! I love experiments you can eat.
Yes, me too! x
so the science bit, just give me that meringue!! Haven’t made meringue in ages I must do it…but then I will want to eat it all!
Ha ha xx
Love this… It’s been a long time since I’ve done these. I think we’ll make them this week!
Thank you, let us know how you get on!
That’s great, thanks for the wonderful idea.
Thanks, glad you liked it! x
Mmmmmm, great science lesson when you can eat it.
Melinda at Weiser Academy
Great science and cooking lesson!
Cooking and science really do go hand in hand. Thank you. 🙂
been wanting to make meringue, and turning it into a science experiment is perfect! Always thought you needed cream of tartar, which I can’t find, so thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!
I think you can add cream of tartar, but you don’t have to. xx
I love any science experiments you can eat. This is right up our alley! Thanks for sharing this on our Best of October link up!
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