Meringue for Pie


Start with a flaky pie crust, spoon in a creamy filling, and top with fluffy meringue peaks using our Better Homes & Gardens meringue recipe. We recommend trying this Italian meringue atop coconut, lemon, banana, or chocolate pie. Use our quick meringue recipe in the variation instructions for a sweeter, showier topping.

Meringue for Pie
Photo: Edwin Fotheringham
Prep Time:
15 mins
Stand Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
1 top 9-inch pie


  • 4 egg whites

  • ½ cup water

  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar

  • ½ cup sugar


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

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

  3. 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).

  4. 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 (per serving)

59 Calories
13g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 59
% Daily Value *
Sodium 28mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 2g
Potassium 59mg 1%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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