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A meringue served with strawberries.

How to make Meringues

I screwed up meringues for a long time. This recipe will show you how to consistently achieve that soft inside and crunchy outside. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine Not Specific
Keyword best meringue recipe, chewy meringue recipe, meringue recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 large meringues (approx)
Calories 635 kcal
Author Nicolas



  1. Pre-heat your oven to 110 degrees Celsius.
  2. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper or a silicone mat. 

  3. Add your egg white to a clean bowl. Use an electric beater or whisk to beat the egg white to soft peaks, meaning that the peaks should still curl down when you lift up the whisk/electric beater.

  4. Gradually add your icing sugar while beating to stiff peaks. You want the mixture to be smooth and glossy. This would be a good time to add your creme of tartar if you're using it, and then whisk it through. 

  5. Spoon nice big rustic blobs of meringue on your lined tray, or you can use 2 large spoons to quenelle your meringues. Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes.

  6. When you take the meringues out of the oven, set them aside for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Carefully lift the meringues off the baking tray and transfer them onto a plate or store in a container.

  8. You can eat them just as they are, use them to garnish desserts you make in the future or you can make mini pavlovas etc. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

  • Cook the meringues slowly on low heat in the oven.
  • If you want, you can add some crème of tartar (an acidic powder) to the meringue to stabilize the mixture.
  • Add icing sugar instead of caster sugar as it dissolves quickly and it will make the process a little easier.
  • Incorporate the sugar slowly as you beat it through the meringue.
  • Clean your bowl and whisk before beating your egg whites to ensure that there is no leftover marks or water that can affect your meringue mixture.
  • Be careful when separating the eggs, don't let any yolk get into the egg white.
  • Once you've made the meringue mixture, don't just let it sit there. Get it on the tray and into the oven as soon as you can.  
  • Buy a silicone mat, it's a very useful non-stick surface and comes in handy when you make something like meringues. 
Nutrition Facts
How to make Meringues
Amount Per Serving
Calories 635 Calories from Fat 3
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.3g0%
Sodium 101mg4%
Potassium 164mg5%
Carbohydrates 150.1g50%
Sugar 147.6g164%
Protein 10.8g22%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.