I grew up in North Florida, the most wonderful place, but also where the summers are hot and sticky and buggy. Sometimes your most nostalgic memories come from the simple place of scarcity.
Early fall and early spring were the best times for making what could be my all-time favorite dessert - meringue.
3 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup sugar
Using a stand mixer, start with egg whites at room temperature and mix in vanilla, cream of tartar and a dash of salt. Begin beating to a soft peak and gradually add sugar, beating until very stiff peaks form and the sugar is dissolved. The meringue will be glossy.
Cover your baking sheet with plain ungreased brown paper. Using a 9-inch round cake pan as a guide, draw circles on your paper. Spread meringue evenly over the circles. Using the back of your spoon, begin shaping into shells. The bottom should be about 1/2 inch thick and the sides about 1 3/4 inches high.
Bake at 275 degrees for about an hour. keeping the over door shut, turn off the heat and let them dry in the oven for at least two hours. Goes great paired with fresh fruit. This recipe will make about 8 servings.
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