If you want really perfect meringue for your pies or puddings, this is the recipe for you. It's a little more trouble then ordinary meringue, but it will not produce the little sugar beads that annoy so many people, and it's absolutely gorgeous.
Place the bowl over but not touching simmering water in a saucepan and whisk until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is hot, 2 to 3 minutes.
Set the bowl on the mixer (use the whisk attachment) and beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Add the vanilla and beat until the outside of the bowl is cool and medium-firm peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes.
Be sure to put the meringue on the filling while the filling is still hot. Bake in a 350°F oven 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.Makes enough for one pie.
Prep time: 10 minutes; Cooking time: 12 minutes; Total time: 22 minutes
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