This is one of our tried-and-true favorites: You can't go wrong.
- Yield: Makes about 8 cups
Photography: Johnny Miller
Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 1128
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 6 large egg whites
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
In the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer set over a saucepan of simmering water, combine sugar, corn syrup, 1/4 cup water, and egg whites. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture registers 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, about 2 minutes.
Attach bowl to a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat mixture on high speed until glossy and voluminous, about 5 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Use immediately.