Crust: Meringue Crust

posted by Pat T 03-26-103 7:00 PM

Meringue Crust

1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
4 egg whites
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped very fine

Start heating oven to 275 F. Sift sugar and cream of tartar.

With electric mixer or egg beater, beat egg whites until stiff, but not dry. Slowly add sugar mixture, beating until meringue makes stiff glossy peaks. Add walnuts. Spread over bottom and sides just to rim of well greased 9-inch pie plate, making bottom 1/4-inch thick and sides 1-inch thick.

Bake 1 hour or until light brown and crisp to the touch. Cool away from drafts. Don't worry if meringue cracks and falls in center, it's supposed to behave that way! Press meringue down against bottom and sides with back of spoon.

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