DIRECTIONS – Meringue Nests:
1.) Preheat oven to 200˚ F. Spread the sugar evenly on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes to slightly heat. Remove the sugar from the oven, then raise the oven temperature to 225°F.
2.) Carefully separate the egg whites from the yolks. If even a little bit of egg yolk gets into your mixing bowl, the whites won’t whip. In the bowl of a hand or stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment whisk the egg whites on low- medium speed until foamy. About 1 minute.
3.) Slowly start adding the sugar, 2-3 tbsp at a time and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes in between each addition. The sugar needs to be completely mixed in to the egg whites to ensure recipe success. Do not rush the process. You can check that the sugar has been mixed in by squeezing some meringue between your fingers. If it does not feel gritty, it is ready. If it feels gritty continue mixing on medium until mixed through.
4.) When all of the sugar has been mixed in, add in the cream of tartar, vanilla extract, and corn starch. Raise to high speed and beat until stiff peaks form.
5.) On 2 parchment paper lined baking sheets, pipe or spread the meringue with a spoon into 6, 4 inch circular “nests”.
6.) Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Then turn off the oven and let the meringues cool down inside. Do not open the door for at least 4 hours. You can also let them cool overnight.