no-fail meringue mixture

  • 225ml eggwhite (about 6 eggs)+
  • 1½ cups (330g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 1½ teaspoons white vinegar
  1. Place the eggwhite in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk on high speed until soft peaks form. 
  2. Add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking until each addition is dissolved before adding more++. 
  3. Once all the sugar has been added, scrape down the sides of the bowl and whisk for a further 10–15 minutes or until the mixture is thick and glossy+++. 
  4. Place the cornflour and vinegar in a small bowl and mix until smooth. 
  5. Add the cornflour mixture to the eggwhite mixture and whisk for 30 seconds or until well combined++++. Makes 1 quantity.

+ Making meringue is a science. Be sure to measure your ingredients carefully, including the eggwhites as egg sizes do vary. Fresh, room temperature eggs work best – when whisked they’ll become fluffy and voluminous, plus they’re more stable during baking. 

++ Be patient when gradually adding the sugar to the eggwhite. Each tablespoon of sugar should be dissolved before the next is added. 

+++ Take care not to overwhisk the meringue mixture – it’s ready when it’s thick, glossy, smooth and there are no more sugar granules. You can check this by rubbing a little mixture between your thumb and forefinger.  

++++ See the recipes that follow for how to bake this meringue mixture.

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It’s best to avoid making meringue on humid days. Excess humidity can cause meringue to sink during or after baking.

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