This meringue is wonderful. It doesn't get weepy, and has such a good vanilla flavor.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a small saucepan, combine water, 2 tablespoons sugar, and cornstarch. Cook over low heat until clear, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

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  • In a large glass or metal bowl, beat egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt until mixture is foamy. Mix in vanilla, then gradually add the 6 tablespoons sugar, beating constantly until meringue forms soft peaks. Gradually pour in cornstarch mixture, beating until stiff. Spread over top of pie and seal to the crust. Brown in oven if desired.

Nutrition Facts

59.2 calories; 1.4 g protein; 13.6 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 21.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2009
Here are some things to know about meringue that will help you if you are unclear about some of the directions in this recipe. 1) Make sure you have completely seperated the yolk from the white... the slightest bit of yolk will break down you whites. 2) Make you your mixing bowl is 100% GREASE FREE!!! Very important! 3) Keep your eggwhites at ROOM TEMP before you beat. 4) Begin beating the egg whites slowly, increasing speed when they are frothy and beating until soft peaks just begin to form. Continue beating, slowly adding the sugar and then the cornstarch mixture. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form, this takes a little time. Egg whites are "STIFF" when the beaters leave ridges in the whites and they are glossy and hold a stiff peak when the beaters are lifted out. 5) It is VERY important to beat your eggwhites completely and not stop until you are ready to put on the pie. Meringue starts to deflate within 5 minutes of turning off the mixer. Hope this helps!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/01/2010
the meringue looked nice but flatened out as time went on and it took a long time for the cornstarch mix to get somewhat clear. Read More
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241 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 214
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2009
Here are some things to know about meringue that will help you if you are unclear about some of the directions in this recipe. 1) Make sure you have completely seperated the yolk from the white... the slightest bit of yolk will break down you whites. 2) Make you your mixing bowl is 100% GREASE FREE!!! Very important! 3) Keep your eggwhites at ROOM TEMP before you beat. 4) Begin beating the egg whites slowly, increasing speed when they are frothy and beating until soft peaks just begin to form. Continue beating, slowly adding the sugar and then the cornstarch mixture. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form, this takes a little time. Egg whites are "STIFF" when the beaters leave ridges in the whites and they are glossy and hold a stiff peak when the beaters are lifted out. 5) It is VERY important to beat your eggwhites completely and not stop until you are ready to put on the pie. Meringue starts to deflate within 5 minutes of turning off the mixer. Hope this helps!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2007
If you try nothing else, you HAVE to try this recipe! One word: Awesome! For others, like myself, who are "dummies" at meringue making, I want to point out a few things about this recipe. First of all, it is super easy to make! The cornstarch mixutre (preparation), can be tricky! My mixture never did turn clear. I followed the directions to a T. After about 10 minutes, I gave up, and simply removed it from the heat, as directed. I did cook it on low, and although it never did get clear, it worked, beautifully! I would suggest this: Cook it on low, as directed, and if it never does go clear, remove it from the heat, after about 5 minutes. The recipe did not state what speed to put the beater on. I would suggest hi. As far as how long to actually beat the egg white mixture, that is tricky, too. NOT being familiar with meringue, I beat it on hi for ten minutes! It said to beat, until "stiff." One persons definition of stiff, may not be the same as someone elses! So, with that said, I would recommend beating it, maybe, 5 or 6 minutes. This made a delectible meringue! It was super easy to fix, and more than covered my pie! It peaked, beautifully, just as it should, and I took a picture of it!! I put it in the oven on 350 for 17 minutes, exactly! Meringue II, as the recipe is called, just doesn't get it! This recipe deserves a much better name, and an award! Try it, you'll love it! lamborghinigal@bellsouth.net Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2004
At last a meringue that does not weep!! I have tried so many different meringues that weren't supposed to weep and of course they always did. Tried using the extra fine sugar and it helped but did not prevent the weeping.This one truly does not weep and tastes excellent. Thank you for posting this Saundra. This is the one I will continue to use. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2007
This was the best meringue recipe ever. My mom was AMAZED by it!!! I messed up the first time I made it by not letting the corn starch thicken enough.... but my fault completely and the next 3 times I made it it came out perfect and delicious. The "extra step" is more than worth it... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2007
This was my first try at meringue and I researched carefully before trying this recipe. My husband had told me he didn't like meringue -- after eating my lemon meringue pie (made with Lemon Meringue Pie III from this website) he asked for another piece and said he must not have ever had good meringue! My mother and mother-in-law were amazed that I had made a meringue with such a perfect consistency and that didn't weep! Use this recipe you won't regret it. Also refer to the "Perfect Meringue" article you can find on allrecipes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2004
this is the best recipe ever. I have always had trouble with my meringues forever which prevented me from making cream pies. but now i can make them with confidence. thank you. it takes a little extra step but it was worth it for me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2006
OMGosh!! I am "merinqueingly" challenged to say the least! I thought this one sounded like a winner and boy-howdy was it ever! I cut back on the vanilla by 1/2 and may use a little less sugar next time but this one is printed and in my cookbook for ever now. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2007
PERFECT! Never made meringue before!! Had to make a Lemon Pie and found comments about this one and decided to try it. I made two pies - the last piece was still in the refrig. for 6 days - the meringue was still perfect - didn't move a inch - nor weap!!Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2007
This was truly the PERFECT meringue recipe. I followed the recipe exactly and couldn't have been happier. No weeping it held up beautifully over the weekend in the fridge and the taste/texture was superb! This will be the only meringue recipe I will use from now on. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/01/2010
the meringue looked nice but flatened out as time went on and it took a long time for the cornstarch mix to get somewhat clear. Read More
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