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Homemade Meringue

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Fluffy meringue can easily be piped into many shapes. They can be eaten on their own or used on top of a dessert. This is a guide about homemade meringue.


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November 8, 2016

Whipped toppings are a shortcut method to replace whipping cream, which can be expensive and tricky to do correctly. Fair enough, but what about meringue? It always looks so fancy.
Surprisingly meringue is easy to make. Even better, a baked meringue travels well, unlike soft whipped topping. Meringue often requires the whites of the eggs that were used in the recipe, so there is no waste.
The pie shown called for three egg yolks, and I made the meringue with the three whites.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Enough for 1 pie


  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp powdered sugar


  1. Mix egg whites with salt, then turn up speed on mixer and and beat until whites are stiff and glossy, adding sugar a little at a time. This should be done when pie is set and just needs to be browned. Don't make it early or it will collapse.
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  3. Remove pie and turn up oven temperature to 400* F.
  4. Cover entire top gently with meringue. Use a spatula to "spike" the top giving it the traditional peaked appearance.
  5. Put the pie back in the oven and brown. This will take just a few minutes so watch very carefully! The meringue will brown at the same time as the bottom of your pie. The picture shows how it looks when it is done.
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February 2, 2010

This meringue is easy to make and it never fails me.



Oven 320 degrees F (160 degrees C) for 10 minutes. Lower heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for 30 minutes.

Into the mixing bowl put all of the ingredients and whisk until the mixture is stiff.

At this stage you can decide if you want to make small meringues or make a Pavlova.


For small meringues using 2 tsp. put onto foil lined baking trays or for Pavlova using all of the mixture place on foil lined baking tray and shape into a circle and build up the sides.

When baked fill large meringue with cream and fruit and serve as a dessert, and fill the small ones with fresh cream.

Source: Memorized from an old book the name of which I don't remember.

By deirdrehenry from Ireland

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December 16, 2009


  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 6 Tbsp. sugar


Combine the first 2 Tbsp. sugar, cornstarch and water blending well. Cook over medium heat until thick and clear. Cool completely and set aside.

Beat egg whites, add salt, vanilla. Add other cooled mixture, continue beating until it stands in peaks. Bake at 350 degrees F. until brown.

Use for all meringue pies. will not weep or crawl from sides of pie crusts.


By Barbara from New Waverly, TX

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February 21, 2008

Beat 3 egg whites until fairly stiff. Fold in 1/2 small jar marshmallow cream. Will hold it's shape and not tear when cut.

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October 4, 2007

Mix together cornstarch and cold water. Add to one-half cup boiling water. Cook over low heat until it thickens. Set aside to cool.

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October 17, 2006

Meringue Bones - Halloween Recipe. Your little trick-or-treaters will really dig these marvelous meringue bones. These sweet, crunchy confections are sure to tickle their funny bones and taste buds at your next Halloween party.

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December 18, 20040 found this helpful

Eggs whites whip into meringue best if the eggs are slightly older and at room temperature before you beat them. By Linda

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February 2, 20100 found this helpful

Does anyone out there have trouble making meringue except me? I finally asked a friend at church what I was doing wrong. Her meringue on her pies are at least a couple of inches think. Here is what she told me.



  • 3 egg white (be sure no yolk drops in)
  • 1/4 tsp. cream of tarter
  • 6 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla


Follow closely, everything has to be in the right order. Beat egg whites with vanilla and cream of tarter until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar as you continue to beat until all the sugar is gone.

Bake in a 350 degrees F. oven for 12-15 minutes. Watch it carefully, it will brown quickly if you aren't careful. This goes on one pie. Yummy! Not everyone like meringue on their pies but they sure look pretty.

By Connie Henry from Smithville, TN

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