How do you make meringue from scratch?

Beat egg whites in medium bowl with electric mixer until frothy. Add cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tbsp (15 mL) at a time, until sugar is dissolved and stiff, glossy peaks form. Spread over hot pie filling in decorative swirls.

What is the main ingredient in meringue?

There are three main ingredients in a meringue recipe that interact to form the foam structure, egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar or acid. The backbone of the foam structure is made up of proteins, amino acid chains. Egg whites provide the meringue with necessary proteins that form the meringue foam.

Is making meringue hard?

Meringues have the reputation of being difficult to make, but actually, as long as you follow a few cast-iron rules, they’re a doddle. (I say that as someone who has disregarded these rules in the past, and paid the price. As with so many baking recipes, creativity with the basics will not pay off here.)

What are the 3 types of meringue?

Three kinds of meringue – Swiss, Italian and French
  • Italian meringue. The most stable of all the meringues, this is made with a sugar syrup that has been heated to the soft-ball stage (236°F to 240°F).
  • French meringue. This uncooked meringue is the one most people are familiar with.
  • Swiss meringue.

What does vinegar do for meringue?

An acid, such as a vinegar, can be added to a meringue mixture to help create a more stable foam when the meringue is mixed. In scientific terms the acid helps to denature, or break down, the coils of amino acids in the egg white’s proteins so that they become long strands instead.

How do I make my meringue chewy?

I heat the oven to relatively high, then turn it right down as soon as the meringue is in, so it puffs up.” As Lepard says, “You are not so much cooking meringue as drying it out, so there’s no great mystery to a chewy one: just cook it for less time than you normally do.”

Can I add Flavour to meringue?

Meringues are such a blank slate you can add just about any flavor you want. Vanilla extract is a classic, or you can use Lemon extract like I did for these Lemon Meringue Cookies, you can even try peppermint, or coconut. Add Color – A classic white meringue is nice but I love adding color to mine.

What does cream of tartar do to meringue?

Cream of tartar is often used to stabilize egg whites and helps provide the characteristic high peaks in recipes like meringue. Lemon juice provides the same acidity as cream of tartar, helping to form stiff peaks when you’re whipping egg whites.

Can you overbeat a meringue?

After all the sugar is incorporated into the egg whites, beat the mixture until stiff peaks form. They will stand up and stay in place when the beater is lifted. Be careful not to overbeat the mixture. The meringue should be smooth, glossy, and flexible, not dry or grainy.

How do you fix over beat meringue?

If clumps are stubborn, egg whites are over beaten. Fix the remaining egg whites like this: Add a fresh egg white to the remaining whites in the mixer bowl and whip for a couple of seconds—just to remoisten the foam and make it supple enough to fold. Don’t overdo it or the egg whites will become over whipped again!

Why are my meringues not stiffening?

One of the most common mistakes is not beating the eggs long enough, or on too slow a speed, which means the egg whites won’t reach stiff peak stage and instead only reach a soggy droopy stage. Once your egg whites are overbeaten, they won’t work properly in your meringue.

How do you know if you over beat meringue?


The foam bubbles in overbeaten egg whites become too big and cannot maintain their structure. When folded into a batter, the bubbles lose their bond and look lumpy. In the oven they pop and deflate. Overbeaten meringue takes on a coarse and grainy appearance.

How do you make stiff meringue peaks?

Beat Egg Whites Until Stiff

Turn on the mixer to medium speed and beat until soft peaks form, then beat on high until stiff peaks form. You’ve hit stiff peak stage when you have glossy peaks that stand straight.

Why is my egg white not getting stiff?

The yolks are high in fat, and fat prevents the whites from foaming. If the bowl has any soap residue from washing, or if it has a film of fat from an earlier step in your recipe, your foam won’t stiffen. Clean your bowls carefully and rinse them thoroughly before you start whipping the egg whites.

Do you need cream of tartar for meringue?

Q: Can you make meringue without adding cream of tartar? Yes, but the acid in the cream of tartar makes for a sturdier meringue that is less prone to weeping. If you‘d rather use lemon juice as an acidic ingredient rather than cream of tartar, add about 1/2 teaspoon juice for every egg white in your recipe.

Can you make meringue in a blender?

Yes, you can make Meringue very easily in a blender, just ensure to mix all the ingredients in the right proportions and blend away. Fresh egg whites work best when making Meringues when compared to pasteurized and old egg whites that will not encourage the formation of a stable meringue.

Can you make meringue by hand?

You can‘t overbeat meringue – It’s true! Equipment: The easiest way to make meringue is with a stand mixer (hands-free!), but I routinely make it with my trusty hand mixer. You can also make it by hand, just use a large wire whisk and some elbow grease! It will take a little longer, but it can be done!

Can you use a food processor to make meringue?

Place the sugar in a food processor and process for about 2 minutes until very fine. This is optional but will make a more stable meringue. If you have access to superfine sugar or castor sugar, that can be used instead. Use immediately for meringue cookies, macarons, to fold into a cake, or to top a pie.

How long does it take to make meringue by hand?

It can take a while for a meringue to reach stiff peaks and for the sugar to dissolve—about five minutes with a hand mixer. If the sugar has not dissolved (for example, if it tastes gritty), keep beating.