meringue for one 10-inch pie

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine sugar, syrup, water, cream of tartar, and salt in a medium-size heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a boil and sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.

Step 2

Beat egg whites (at room temperature) in a medium glass or metal mixing bowl until foamy. While beating at medium speed of an electric mixer, slowly pour hot syrup mixture in a thin stream over egg whites. Turn mixer to high speed; beat until stiff peaks form and meringue is thick enough to spread.

Step 3

Spread meringue immediately over pie filling, carefully sealing to edge of pastry.

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