The recipe for making meringue requires 3 eggs, 1/8 teaspoon of cream of tartar and 6 tablespoons of sugar. However, recipes vary depending on the type of meringue you want to make.
Making a basic meringue to top pies is fairly simple, requiring only three ingredients. First, separate 3 eggs, keeping only the egg whites. In a bowl that is clean and free of grease or oil, combine the egg whites and 1/8 teaspoon of cream of tartar. Turn a mixer on medium speed, and beat until soft peaks start to form.
At this point, turn the mixer to high, and add the 6 tablespoons of sugar gradually. Once the sugar has been dissolved into the egg whites and the peaks turn glossy and stiff, stop beating. Layer the meringue over a hot pie, and bake until golden brown.
When making meringue, you can added vanilla or other extracts to the three basic ingredients. Because it is harder to get the stiff peaks necessary for a meringue in heavy humidity, bake in a dry location or at a time when the weather is dry. If you let the egg whites warm to room temperature before beating them, they stiffen into peaks better.