Basic Italian Meringue
- Yield: Makes 2 cups
Source: Martha Stewart Living, January
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 3 large egg whites, room temperature
- Pinch of salt and cream of tartar
Bring sugar, water, and corn syrup to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cook, undisturbed, until syrup registers 248 degrees on a candy thermometer.
Meanwhile, whisk whites with a mixer on low speed until foamy. Add salt and cream of tartar. Increase speed to medium, and whisk until soft peaks form, about 8 minutes.
Reduce speed to low, and pour hot syrup down side of bowl in a slow, steady stream. Increase speed to high, and beat until mixture stops steaming, about 3 minutes. Use immediately.