This recipe only makes a small quantity and I think Mum used it to make individual meringues that she then topped with some whipped cream and a strawberry. She would have served them at afternoon tea or supper.

Merangues cropped


  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water

Whip the egg white until firm, add sugar a tablespoon at a time until combined. Fold in vanilla essence, baking powder, vinegar and water. Place teaspoonfuls on a flat tray covered in baking paper and cook at 190°C for 1 hour. Turn off heat and leave to cool in oven.

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