Lemon meringue pie

Best ever meringue recipes

Our meringue recipes are easy dessert ideas to make at home. Whisk up a pavlova, classic Eton mess, lemon meringue pie and more with our meringue recipes. Plus, we've given our best tips and tricks to achieving the ultimate stiff peaks

Learn how to make the perfect meringue and achieve stiff peaks every time with our easy meringue guide. We give you expert tips on which eggs to use, how to cook meringues and how to create the perfect meringue mix.

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We’ve also collated our best easy meringue recipes from meringue cookies to super easy chocolate meringues, along with the secret recipe to Yotam Ottolenghi’s pistachio and rosewater meringues.

Our stand out recipe is our perfect lemon meringue pie recipe that’s really impressive but super easy to make, check it out here…


How to make perfect meringues…

Which eggs should I use to make meringues? You need fresh eggs for meringues, the fresher the better. Utensils without any grease on them (including from egg yolks) are essential for making meringues, or the whites will be difficult, if not impossible to whisk. A glass or metal bowl will work better than a plastic one as fat clings to plastic.

How do I know when my meringues are cooked? Make sure your meringues are thoroughly cooked and don’t be tempted to take them out early. Under cooked meringues weep uncooked egg white from the bottom; overcooked meringues end up with beads of sugary moisture on top.

Why do I need to cool meringues? Leave the meringues to cool in the oven so they dry out thoroughly. Because of their high sugar-content they will always be susceptible to absorbing moisture from the air, so making them on a humid day or in a steamy kitchen may end in a stickier meringue.

How do I crack eggs? Separating the egg yolk and white can be a traumatic ordeal for the novice baker whilst making meringues.  But once you have nailed the old crack and divide, the top tip is to avoid touching the whites with your hands whilst doing so. As they generate dirt and fat from your hands will stop the egg whites from whisking up to stiff peaks.

How do I line a baking tray to bake meringues? When lining the tray with parchment paper don’t put any fat/butter on the tray to make the paper stick, this fat will react with the protein in the egg and stop them from cooking correctly.

How do I create stiff meringues? Whisking up egg whites to make meringues can be difficult. Add a pinch of cream of tartar and egg white powder (meriwhite) to the egg whites whilst whisking and you will get stiff peaks in no time.


Perfect lemon meringue pie

Learn how to make our easy lemon meringue pie recipe. This lemon meringue is an impressive dinner party dessert with crisp pastry, tart curd and fluffy meringue that’s easy to make. What more could you want? Check out our other inspiring lemon dessert recipes here…

Lemon meringue pie

Pistachio and rosewater meringues

Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi of London-based restaurant and deli Ottolenghi say the secret to their famous meringues is a good freestanding electric mixer. Making them by hand is out of the question (your arm muscles would never cope) and using a handheld electric mixer is not practical – the mixture gets too firm for most machines. They recommend heating the sugar to help it cook the egg white as the meringue is being beaten, this gives a stable mixture.

Pistachio and Rosewater Meringues Recipe

Double chocolate-walnut meringue cookies

These dark and white chocolate meringue cookies are an easy afternoon treat, crisp on the outside and soft and gooey in the middle. Looking for more cookie recipes? Check out our easy biscuit and cookie ideas here…

Double Chocolate Walnut Meringue Cookies
Elderflower and Kiwi Pavlova Recipe

Chocolate meringue brownies

Chocolate brownies in cute cupcake form, topped with light and fluffy meringue for an extra special twist. Serve these easy brownies with tea and enjoy the compliments! Find our favourite brownie recipes here…

Chocolate Brownies Recipe with Meringue

Meringues

Making perfect meringue is a great skill to master and only takes two ingredients – egg whites and sugar. They make a great base for an Eton mess or as a low fat treat.

Meringues Recipe

Raspberry meringue pie

We love lemon meringue pie, but we’ve given it an update with this raspberry version. It’s easy to make but looks really impressive, plus, you can make it ahead, making it perfect for a dinner party dessert.


Chocolate-dipped meringues with cherries and boozy cream

Check out these chocolate-dipped meringues with cherries and boozy cream. This recipe is really simple and incredibly moreish, a great summer dessert.

Choc-Dipped Meringues with Cherries

Bourbon meringue mince pies

Just because you’re gluten free doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the Christmas fun. These boozy mince pies don’t compromise on flavour or texture.

Bourbon meringue mince pies served on a cake stand next to mini white christmas trees

Limoncello meringue pie

This is a great way to make use of lemons. Italian meringue is made with hot sugar syrup rather than regular sugar. This starts to cook and stabilise the egg white, so it needs no further cooking in the oven. You’ll need a sugar thermometer to get the right consistency for the syrup.

Limoncello Meringue Pie Recipe

Passion fruit tart with meringue

This passion fruit tart with meringue is a real show-stopping dessert – perfect for a dinner party. We use Billington’s golden caster sugar because we like the flavour, but it will make the meringue slightly less white than you may be used to.

Passion fruit tart with meringue recipe

Chocolate and hazelnut meringue semifreddo

The Italian dessert, semifreddo, is an ice cream with a mousse-like texture. This recipe not only looks impressive, but can be made in advance for easy dinner party entertaining. Plus, there’s no churning required. Try our favourite Italian dessert recipes here…

Chocolate and Hazlenut Meringue Semifreddo

Strawberry and passion fruit meringue roulade

The best recipe for a sweet roulade is an easy one. This recipe, with strawberries and passion fruit looks as good as it tastes. Serve to friends and family, they will love it.

Strawberry and Passion Fruit Meringue Roulade Recipe

Gooseberry meringue pie

This gooseberry and elderflower meringue pie is a wonderful twist on lemon meringue pie and is a great dessert to make when gooseberries are in season. The bought shortcrust pastry makes the recipe much more straightforward too.

Gooseberry Meringue Pie Recipe


Meringue frosted cupcakes

Choosing between pavlova and cake is futile when you can combine the two. These coconut cupcakes look fancy but are deceptively unchallenging to put together. Serve to guests with ice cream as a dinky dessert. Try our fun cupcake recipes here…

Meringue Frosted Cupcakes Recipe

Eton mess

A classic English dessert that makes the most out of succulent, sweet British strawberries that are in season. Strawberries, meringues and cream make a heavenly combination. Use ready made meringues to make this dessert really simple.

Eton Mess Recipe

Little queen of puddings

These light as air puddings have a raspberry and brioche base, topped with sugar-dusted meringue. They make a healthy choice being both low-fat and under 350 calories.

Little Queen of Puddings Recipe

Very berry pavlova

Pavlova is a classic British pud but it can be tricky to get right. Don’t worry though, with step-by-step help from olive’s test kitchen, you can create this show-stopping pud.


Apple snow

If you like your desserts light as air this one’s for you. Fluffy meringue is used as a topping for a sweetened apple compote then baked until golden. Serve for a special family gathering or a dinner party for friends.

Apple snow recipe

Rhubarb mess with candied rosemary

This is a delicious new twist on the classic Eton mess, made with rhubarb instead of strawberries. Rhubarb is in season around February time and parters perfectly with rosemary.

Rhubarb Mess with Candied Rosemary Recipe

Pistachio meringues recipe with cream

Try this recipe for soft-centered meringue sandwiches, packed with pistachio and generously smeared with cream. Use low fat yoghurt for a healthy version – even more reason to dive in for seconds!

Pistachio Meringues with Cream Recipe

Lemon meringue cupcakes

Make your meringue into these pretty lemon meringue cupcakes, perfect for Valentine’s Day, a baby shower or an engagement party.

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Valentine’s Lemon Meringue Cupcakes Recipe

Cassis meringues with champagne cream

This cassis meringue wreath with champagne cream is a real show-stopping dessert but it’s easy to make for the festive season.

Cassis Meringues Recipe with Champagne Cream