John's Almond Swiss Meringue
John Baricelli, manager of the prep kitchen at the television studio in Wesport, added a hint of almond to the traditional Swiss meringue and used it to top Martha's birthday cake with decorative stars.
- 8 large egg whites
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 drop almond extract
In the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer, combine egg whites, sugar, and almond extract. Set the bowl over a pan of simmering water. Whisk constantly until the sugar has dissolved and whites are hot to the touch, 3 to 5 minutes.
Transfer the bowl to the electric mixer. Using the whisk attachment, mix on low speed, gradually increasing to high speed, until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 10 minutes. Use immediately.