Do you love the fluffy, white peaks of a great tasting meringue? The look of this perfect concoction intimidates a lot of people when they are new to the kitchen. Don't worry though. You can make meringue with a little practice and these easy instructions.
- 3 eggs
- 2/3 cups superfine sugar
- ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
- Small glass bowl
- Medium metal bowl
- Whisk or electric mixer
- Parchment paper
- Baking pan or sheet
Separate the eggs. You will only be using the egg whites for the meringue. This step is very important because if any of the yolk gets left in, your meringue will fall flat. Separate each egg white one at a time into the small bowl first to make sure no yolk gets in before you pour the whites into the bigger metal bowl.
Let the egg whites sit. Egg whites should be room temperature before you start mixing the meringue. If you started step one with eggs fresh out of the refrigerator then you should wait twenty to thirty minutes for them to come to room temperature.
Place parchment paper onto baking sheet. Set this aside. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Whip the egg whites. Begin slowly to whip the egg whites together, then gradually increase speed to add air pockets.
Add the lemon juice. Slowly add the juice while you continue to whip the egg whites. Keep up the speed for about one minute until you notice small peaks forming in the mix.
Spoon in the sugar. You should add the sugar gradually, one tablespoon at a time while the mixer is still beating. This is a slow process that can take up to ten minutes but by gradually adding the sugar you will start to notice that peaks are forming and are beginning to have a firm texture.
Place meringue onto parchment paper to bake. Bake in the oven for one hour. Then turn the oven off and leave the meringue inside for two hours to dry.
Let the meringue cool. After two hours in the oven the meringue can be removed and set out on the counter to cool. Once cool the meringue is ready to use and serve.
Meringue can be a great dessert topped with fruit or as a topping to a tasty pie. If using this recipe for a pie then follow the pie instructions and place the meringue on the pie instead of parchment paper during step eight. Enjoy this light and tasty dessert anytime.