I wanted to add a bit of zing to a pie so I opted to make a meringue, which, surprisingly, was fairly simple.
- 4 egg whites
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla*
- 1/2 cup sugar
- * The recipe also says you can substitute the vanilla with 1/4 teaspoon of lemon or orange extract.
Preheat oven to 375.
Combine the eggs, cream of tartar, and flavoring in a bowl and whisk until the egg whites are foamy.
Slowly add sugar, a tablespoon at a time, until it's dissolved.
Continue to whisk until the whites are stiff, glossy, and holds soft peaks.
Carefully spread over a hot or warm filled pie, sealing it completely to edges of the crust.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the meringue reaches the desired brown color.
Cool on wire rack away from drafts.