A slowly baked mixture of whisked egg whites and sugar, meringues can be made three ways. Folding caster sugar into whisked egg whites makes basic meringue. Italian meringue is more stable, with hot sugar syrup whisked into the egg white. Cooked meringue is made by whisking the egg whites and sugar together over a pan of boiling water. Meringues may also be baked on top of desserts such as lemon meringue pie, or Baked Alaska, or the family favourite pavlova. It can also poached in water or milk for snow eggs and served with custard for the classic dessert floating island. Don't store in the fridge though, as they ‘sweat' and go soggy.
Take a look at our easy step by step guide on how to make meringues.