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How Long Do You Whip Egg Whites?

In order to make great meringue you need to know How Long You Need to Whip Egg Whites For. Ensure success with any recipe requiring whipped egg whites with my article.
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Hi Bold Bakers!

One of my favorite things to eat and make is meringue — in all its’ forms. It’s amazing as a frosting on a Lemon Meringue Cake, baked into a lovely Pavlova, or as a topping for my Lemon Meringue Cheesecake. All these simple desserts start with meringue, and in order to make great meringue, you need to know How Long You Whip Egg Whites For.

Before getting stuck in and adding sugar to your egg whites you need to know how to perfectly whip them egg first. I know what you’re thinking; is there really a right or wrong way to do this? While it is fairly straight forward, there are a few things I always do when whipping up my whites to ensure I have the perfect base for my recipe.

How Long Do You Whip Egg Whites To Get Soft Peaks?

First off, consider your eggs. Start with fresh eggs, at room temperature, NOT straight from the fridge. Cold eggs don’t whip up nearly as well as room temperature.

Next, make sure your bowl and mixer are squeaky clean and dry! In a deep bowl, start beating the egg whites on low speed until they are just foamy. Once you have a nice foam, move to medium-high speed. Now add a pinch of salt (or cream of tartar if you have it) to help stabilize the whites.

After a  few minutes of beating, you should reach what is called “soft peaks,” which is when you pull the whisk out of the whites and a light peak forms, but then flops over.

How Long Do You Whip Egg Whites To Get Stiff Peaks?

If your recipe requires stiff peaks, take it a few minutes further and you will see the peaks of the whites hold their shape when the mixer is removed from the bowl. This is the “stiff peaks” stage.

From here, you can add sugar or flavorings, or fold your aerated egg whites into things like Chocolate Mousse or into my Jelly Donut Macarons to add lightness and texture.

What soft peaks in whipped egg whites look like when you know how long to whip egg whites for!

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1 year ago

This doesn’t really say about how long it takes. I may need to whip 2 egg whites into stiff peaks and have never done it. The approximate time it takes will determine whether or not I make the recipe. Can anyone estimate the amount of time it takes? Im very detailed, so saying a few minutes isn’t clear enough for me.

Claudia Joseph
Claudia Joseph
1 year ago

Thank you Gemma! This is what I needed to show my sister! God bless you Gemma!

1 year ago

Thanks for the egg white information Gemma. Following on, how long does one need to whip sugar into whites for making meringue that is super smooth with no sugar residue? Thanks Carols x

2 days ago

So I have a question ! They’re not cooked , how safe is that to eat? That’s why I never make frosting like this.

2 days ago

How much cream of tarter 1/4 -1/2 tsp and sugar 1/4-1/2 cup do you add? Have you ever added corn starch, if so how much. Meringue and I don’t get along, really would like to learn to make a good one.
Do you refrigerate your pie?

Tanvi L
9 months ago

Hi! My mom told me that I’m order for an egg white to reach stiff peaks, the egg white should have absolutely no egg yolk. Is that true? And if it is, what is the easiest way to separate the egg white from the yolk without the yolk falling in to the white.

9 months ago

Is it true that we cannot use plastic bowl in whipping the egg whites?

11 months ago

Gemma, thank you for all your wonderful recipes, you are so great to watch on YouTube, thank you, thank you, thank you.

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