Start with a flaky pie crust, spoon in a creamy filling, and top with fluffy meringue peaks using our Better Homes & Gardens meringue recipe for a showy homemade meringue pie. We recommend trying this meringue recipe atop coconut, lemon, banana, or chocolate pie.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Recipe Summary

15 mins
30 mins
45 mins
enough to top one 9-inch pie


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a large bowl, allow egg whites to stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

  • In a 1-cup liquid measuring cup whisk to combine the water and cornstarch. Microwave 45 to 60 seconds or until boiling, stirring once.

  • Add vanilla and cream of tartar to egg whites. Beat with an electric mixer on medium 1 minute or until soft peaks form (tips curl). Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high. Gradually beat in the warm cornstarch mixture until stiff, glossy peaks form (tips stand straight).

  • Immediately spread meringue over hot pie filling (swirling to make peaks, if desired), carefully sealing to edge of pastry to prevent shrinkage. Bake as directed in recipes. Your meringue recipe is done when it reaches 160 degrees F.

Five-Egg White Meringue:

Prepare as directed, except use 5 egg whites and 1 cup sugar. In Step 2, beat about 6 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Continue as directed in Step 3.Per serving: 109 cal., 0 g total fat, 0 mg chol., 34 mg sodium, 26 g carbo., 0 g fiber, 2 g pro. Exchanges: 1 1/2 Other Carbo.

Meringue Recipe for Pie Food Safety

Your meringue recipe is safe to eat once it's reached 160 degrees F. To test, insert an instant-read thermometer into the center of the meringue, holding the thermometer at an angle.

Nutrition Facts

59 calories; carbohydrates 13g; sugars 13g; protein 2g; thiamin 0.1mg; sodium 28mg; potassium 59mg.