Meringue Clouds

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 6 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 5 hr
  • Yield: 6 clouds
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Ingredients

4 large egg whites, at room temperature

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar

Coarse sugar, for sprinkling

Directions

  1. Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 250 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt in a large clean dry bowl with a mixer on medium speed until foamy. Increase the speed to medium high and beat until thick and opaque, about 1 more minute. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time, and beat until stiff shiny peaks form, about 5 more minutes.
  3. Scoop 6 large mounds of meringue (3/4 cup each) onto the baking sheets, leaving space between each. Using the back of a spoon, pull up the meringue to form swoops and spikes on each mound. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake at 250 degrees F until dry and crisp, 4 to 5 hours. Let cool completely on the baking sheets. Store in an airtight container in a dry place for up to 1 week.

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