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Burnt Sugar Meringue

Yield Makes 6 1/2 cups


  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

How to Make It

  1. Combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a medium saucepan over medium heat; slowly bring mixture to a boil, making sure sugar dissolves. Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until syrup is a dark amber color. Stir in corn syrup; bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until mixture reaches soft ball stage or candy thermometer registers 240°.

  2. Meanwhile, beat egg whites, salt, and remaining 1/2 cup sugar until soft peaks form. Continue to beat, slowly pouring hot syrup in a heavy stream down the side of the bowl, until frosting is thick enough to spread.