The secret to no-fail meringue is cornstarch which acts as a stabilizer. For this recipe, it 's cooked up with water, cooled, and slowly added to the beaten egg whites.
INGREDIENTS (for 8 servings):
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 egg whites
- 6 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 pinch salt
Blend cornstarch and cold water in a saucepan. Add boiling water, and cook until thick and clear. Cool completely.
Beat egg whites till foamy. Gradually beat in sugar, beating until stiff and glossy. Add salt and vanilla, and slowly beat in cold cornstarch mixture. Beat quickly for several minutes. Spread meringue on filled, cooled 9 inch pie.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 minutes.