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How to Make a Meringue Topping

Soft meringue is an airy mixture of egg white and sugar used for topping pies or pudding. Here are the basic instructions, followed by variations.

Difficulty Level: Easy      Time Required: 10 minutes


Here's How:
  1. Beat 2 egg whites until foamy.
  2. Beat in 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar and a pinch of salt.
  3. Continue to beat until soft peaks are formed. Soft peaks should curl over and droop slightly when the beaters are lifted.
  4. Beat in 1/4 cup of sugar a little at a time.
  5. Continue beating until the grittiness of the sugar can't be felt and the meringue stands in stiff peaks. Stiff peaks will point straight up when the beaters are lifted.
  6. If desired, beat in 1 teaspoon of flavoring, such as vanilla.
  7. Spoon meringue onto a pie filling; spread so it touches all edges of crust or pan sides. Bake at 350 for 10 to 15 minutes, or until nicely browned.
  8. This makes enough meringue for an 8" to 9" pie. For a larger pie or for more topping, use 4 egg whites and 1/2 cup of sugar.
Tips:
  1. To make chocolate meringue, combine 2 teaspoons of cocoa with the sugar before adding.
  2. Fold in about 1/3 cups of sweetened flaked coconut just before using for a coconut meringue topping.
  3. For varied texture and flavor, fold in finely chopped nuts, orange peel, or lemon peel before using.

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