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Meringues

Published: May 17, 2022 at 2:30 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • plus cooling
  • Easy
  • Makes 12

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, lemon meringue pie or as a low fat treat

Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal70
carbs17.5g
protein1.1g
salt0.06g
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Make these classic meringues, then check out our lemon meringue pie, Italian meringue and strawberry and passion fruit meringue roulade.

Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 200g golden or white caster sugar

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 150c/fan 130c/gas 2. Line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment. Put the egg whites in a large, clean bowl and beat them with an electric whisk or mixer at a slow speed. Once they are looking frothy increase the speed to medium and whisk until you have a stiff foam that stands upright on the beaters. Don’t overbeat or the egg whites will look fluffy and lumpy.

  • STEP 2

    Whisk in the sugar a tablespoon at a time on high speed and keep whisking until you have a stiff, glossy meringue – this can take up to 10 minutes. The sugar should be fully dissolved by this point.

  • STEP 3

    Spoon the meringue onto the baking paper using a large metal spoon. You can either make 12 large ones or 24 smaller ones (if you plan to sandwich them together with whipped cream). Don’t worry about the shape, just smooth down any really spiky bits with a wetted finger (if you want to make mini pavlovas then shape each meringue blob into a nest shape with a teaspoon). Put the meringues in the oven and turn the heat down to 140c/fan 120c/gas 1 and cook for 1 hour. Turn the oven off and leave them to cool in the oven.

More meringue ideas below:

Lemon meringue pie

A classic, impressive lemon meringue pie with crisp pastry, tart curd and fluffy meringue that's easy to make – it's a win-win.

Lemon meringue pie on a stand

Italian meringue

Create the softest, shiniest, silkiest Italian meringue with these simple steps.

Italian meringue

Strawberry and passion fruit meringue roulade

Try this strawberry and passion fruit meringue roulade for a knockout summer pud which everyone at the table will enjoy.

Strawberry and passion fruit meringue roulade

Vegan meringues

Whip up some light and crispy vegan meringues using the brine water from a tin of chickpeas (a.k.a. aquafaba) in place of eggs. These dairy-free treats look beautiful on a pavlova or cake.

Vegan meringues on a surface and in a dessert

Chocolate, meringue and walnut cookies

These dark and white chocolate cookies with walnut and meringue pieces are an easy afternoon treat, crisp on the outside and soft and gooey in the middle.

Double Chocolate Walnut Meringue Cookies
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