1. Preheat the oven

    Preheat the oven gas 1, 140°C, fan 120°C. Place 4 room-temperature egg whites into a large, clean, grease-free bowl.

  2. Whisk the eggs

    Using an electric whisk, start whisking the egg whites at a low speed, increasing it as they froth up and swell in volume.

  3. Add the sugar

    Once the whites are nice and stiff, gradually add 225g caster sugar, a couple of tablespoons at a time.

  4. Continue whisking

    Continue whisking until the mixture is firm and moussey, with a glossy sheen. Then line two baking sheets with greaseproof paper.

  5. Bake

    Place spoonfuls of the mixture onto the trays, leaving space between each one. Bake for 40-45 mins, until the meringues are crisp on the outside.

  6. Leave to cool

    Turn off the oven, leaving them inside to cook for about 30-40 more minutes (for a crisp outside and a soft inside). Once cool, take them off the paper.

  7. Serve

    Serve meringues topped with whipped cream and berries, crushed into an Eton mess or dipped in chocolate.

    meringue 24805 1 (h)

    Calories 235 (12%), fat 0g (0%), saturates 0g (0%), sugars 59g (66%), salt 0.1g (0%), based on 4 servings.

  8. Ingredients

    You need just 2 ingredients for these simple meringues – don't forget to make a note before going shopping!

    4 egg whites
    225g caster sugar