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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.

  • Yield: Makes about 8 cups


  • 8 large egg whites
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 drop pure almond extract
  • 1 drop almond extract


  1. In the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer, combine egg whites, sugar, salt, 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.

  2. Attach the bowl to the electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; mix on medium-high speed, about 2 minutes. Raise speed to high and beat until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 6 minutes. Use immediately.

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  • KennaMcD
    1 SEP, 2011
    I made this cake for a friend's 30th birthday and it was a huge hit! Turned out to be quite the show-stopper. Check out my photos here: