If you haven’t had meringue before, you’re in for quite a treat! Meringue is a type of dessert or candy used in many cuisines, including Italian, Swiss, and French! Meringue is traditionally made from whipped egg and sugar and is seen mainly as a pie topping, cookie, or as a candy! Well, we’re here to help you out with some of the best meringues recipes around!
1. Basic Meringue
We have to start off with the basics. The first recipe on our list is a classic meringue topping. Using just three ingredients, you can create this recipe at home. It works great to top pies puddings or any other sweet dessert that you can think of!
Like I said, you only need two ingredients for this recipe! And they’re basic, so you probably already have them in your kitchen! It can’t get much easier than that!
You will need:
- 4 large egg whites
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/4 cup sugar
The preparation for this recipe is easy! The steps are as followed:
- Remove eggs from the refrigerator and separate them, as they will separate best when cold.
- Allow egg whites to reach room temperature to allow them to whip to their fullest.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Pour egg whites into a clean bowl
- Whip the egg whites until they are glossy and smooth, then add the cream of tartar to help the egg whites hold their form.
- Slowly add the sugar to the egg whites about a tablespoon at a time, beating after each addition until the sugar is incorporated. Continue beating until stiff peaks form.
- Spread meringue on top of the pre-baked or no-bake dessert, place about 4 inches under the heat and bake for about 10 minutes, until golden.
2. Meringue Cookies
Now that we have mastered the basics of meringue, it’s time to create some variations! This next meringues recipes is a classic favorite. Meringue cookies are airy and light and the perfect dessert year-round!
To make, you will need:
- 4 large egg whites (room temp.)
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
What you need to do is:
- Preheat oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Combine egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt in a large, completely clean, completely grease-free bowl.
- Using an electric mixer or a stand mixer (with either the whisk or paddle attachment), stir on low speed until the mixture becomes foamy. Increase speed to high.
- With the mixer on high, gradually add sugar, about 1 Tablespoon at a time, stirring after each addition until sugar is dissolved (about 15-20 seconds between each addition).
- Beat until mixture is thick, shiny, and has increased in volume. The mixture should have stiff peaks and sugar should be completely dissolved
- Stir in vanilla extract and any other extract you may like to use.
- Fit a large disposable piping bag with a large tip and transfer the meringue to prepared piping bag and pipe onto the prepared cookie sheet. The meringue cookies can be pretty close to each other as they won’t spread, and you will want to bake all of the cookies at the same time, so make sure you make enough space.
- Bake for 1 hour. Turn off the oven once the baking time has passed, and do not open the oven. Leave the oven door closed and allow cookies to cool completely in the oven (1-2 hours) before removing.
3. Meringue Candy Kisses (Besitos de Meringue)
If you’ve never had meringue candy before, you’re in for a treat! This delicious treat combines yummy flavors like lemon and vanilla to create the perfect meringues recipe!
You will need:
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- Zest of 1 lime
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 3 egg whites
- Pinch of cream of tartar
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Confectioners sugar or cocoa powder to dust the meringues
Although it seems like there are a lot of steps, these treats are actually quite easy to make! Just make sure you follow closely!
The steps to make are:
- Preheat oven to 200 F/93 C.
- Line a baking sheet or cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer (or use your stand mixer) beat the egg whites until frothy
- Add the cream of tartar, salt, and vanilla. Continue to beat until the whites stand up in soft peaks. Set the mixture aside.
- In a medium-size saucepan, combine sugar, water, lemon zest, and lime zest.
- Bring the sugar mixture to a boil over medium heat, swirling the pan by the handle. Boil the mixture until the temperature reaches 238 F/114 C on your candy thermometer.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat. Pour the sugar mixture through a coarse strainer (to remove the lemon and lime zest) into the bowl with the egg whites that you set aside earlier.
- Right away start beating the mixture on medium speed. Continue to beat until the egg white mixture stands in stiff peaks. This will take about 10 minutes.
- Using a pastry bag and tip, pipe the meringue onto the baking sheet into bite-size, pointed swirls.
- Bake the kisses on the middle rack of the preheated oven for 1 hour.
- Remove the kisses from the oven and let them cool. The meringues should loosen easily from the paper and be light and crisp.
4) Lemon Meringue Pie
Lemon meringue pie is easily one of my favorite desserts! It combines delicious flavors to create a light and airy texture. This particular meringues recipe is quite easy to prepare, requiring only 40 minutes of your time for prep work and cooking!
The ingredient list:
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups water
- 2 lemons, juiced and zested
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 egg yolks, beaten
- 1 (9 inches) pie crust, baked
- 4 egg whites
- 6 tablespoons white sugar
Each of the steps guides you to create both the meringue and the filling, making it even easier for you!
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- To Make Lemon Filling: In a medium saucepan, whisk together 1 cup sugar, flour, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in water, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until mixture comes to a boil. Stir in butter. Place egg yolks in a small bowl and gradually whisk in 1/2 cup of hot sugar mixture. Whisk egg yolk mixture back into the remaining sugar mixture. Bring to a boil and continue to cook while stirring constantly until thick. Remove from heat. Pour filling into baked pastry shell.
- To Make Meringue: In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites until foamy. Add sugar gradually, and continue to whip until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue over pie, sealing the edges at the crust.
- Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until meringue is golden brown.
5. Banana Meringue Pudding
You could say we saved the best meringues recipe for last! This delicious dish combines elements such as banana and vanilla wafers to create what will soon be your new favorite dessert!
For the pudding you will need:
- 4 large eggs
- ⅔ cup sugar
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- 4 cups whole milk
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Pinch of kosher salt
For the assembly you will need:
- 1 11-oz. box vanilla wafer cookies
- 3 ripe bananas, thinly sliced
- 4 large egg whites
- ½ cup sugar
The steps are simple and as followed:
For the pudding:
- Lightly whisk eggs in a large bowl just to blend. Whisk sugar and cornstarch in a medium saucepan. Gradually whisk milk into sugar mixture and heat over medium heat, whisking often, until very warm to the touch. Gradually whisk half of the hot milk mixture into eggs, then whisk egg mixture back into milk mixture in saucepan.
- Cook, whisking constantly, until thickened and whisk leaves a trail in pudding (it should be the consistency of mayonnaise), about 4 minutes. Remove from heat, add butter, vanilla, and salt and whisk until butter is melted and mixture is smooth.
- Strain pudding through a fine-mesh sieve into another large bowl. Cover pudding with plastic wrap, pressing directly onto the surface. Chill until cool, about 2 hours.
For the assembly:
- Spread one-third of pudding evenly in a 2-qt. baking dish. Top with half of cookies and half of bananas. Repeat layers one more time and top with the remaining third of pudding. Cover and chill at least 4 hours.
- Just before serving, heat broiler. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat egg whites until foamy. With motor running, gradually add sugar. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until stiff peaks form.
- Spoon meringue over pudding and swirl decoratively. Broil until meringue is dark brown in spots, about 1 minute.
Now that you have a range of meringues recipes on your hand, it’s time to try them out! Let us know what you think!