45 min
Serves 6
Individual Pavlovas: fill them with lemon curd or fresh fruit and whipped cream.
  • 4 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar, granulated
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar, white
  • 1½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 275˚F, and place the rack in the middle of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silicone baking mat.

In a clean mixing bowl, beat the egg whites on medium speed of an electric mixer. Beat continuously until the eggs form soft peaks. While beating, sprinkle in the sugar, one teaspoon at a time. It’s important that you don’t just dump the sugar in, it must go in gradually. Keep beating until all the sugar is incorporated, and the egg whites form glossy stiff peaks.

Stop the mixer, then sprinkle the whites with cornstarch and vinegar. Fold this in gently with a spatula. Add the vanilla, and fold again.

Use a spoon to spread the meringue into 4 inch rounds on the parchment – my batch made 6 rounds, but you should get at least 4. Leave 2 inches of space between each one. Use the back of the spoon to make a small well in the middle of each meringue.

Bake in the 275˚ oven 30 minutes, until they show a light tan/pink eggshell color. Now turn the oven off, and leave the door slightly ajar, to let the meringues cool completely. They might deflate if introduced to cool air too soon! As the meringues cool, they might crack slightly, this is okay.

Use immediately, or store, nested in waxed paper, in a cool place, stored in an airtight tin.

Note: You can scale this recipe up to use 6 or even 8 egg whites, if you have room on your baking sheets. Increase the other ingredients in the same proportions. 

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