Posted by: Catherine | March 21, 2009

“Egg Whites” (RR*, The First Unconfidential Cooks’ Dinner)



(* Reader Recipe)

My friend Karen brought Ruzica to The First Unconfidential Cooks’ Dinner, and she arrived with shopping bags full of ingredients, her own hand beater, a big baking bowl, even an apron. She would make her dessert right before dessert. Problem was, there was a heated conversation amongst all of us about books (we were a mix of writers, reporters and editors), and Ruzica, who is a librarian, didn’t want to leave the table. Finally, when we started clearing, off she went and by the time dessert was set out on the buffet table her remarkable dessert was just coming out of the oven. She whipped it up (ha!) in a matter of minutes, and it only needs to bake for minutes. What a showpiece! And, it was so good, perfect for a summer night…or any time you want a light ending to a pig-out. Ruzica says you can substitute any jam for the apricot, and also experiment with fresh fruit. You serve it immediately after taking it out of the oven, and apparently it can be eaten the next day as it’s good cold–but there were no leftovers.

7 egg whites

1/2 T cream of tartar

5 1/2 T sugar

Apricot jam, to taste


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Butter and flour a large, deep corning ware dish. Whip egg whites with cream of tartar until stiff. One by one, add tablespoons of sugar, whipping after each addition. When well whipped, add apricot jam (try it for taste).

Bake, and when golden crust appears, remove from oven and serve immediately.



  1. It was wonderful! When I heard we were having meringue, I thought ick, I think of meringue like tofu, no personality or taste of its own, but I’ve never had anything like this, warm and soft, the perfect comfort food without all of the carbs and calories.

  2. OMG, this is such an interesting recipe. It is extremely very quick and easy as well. It look very pretty as well. I always like meringue type dessert.

  3. I loved your comment about the chocolate peanut butter. We never made it, just store bought stuff, that I can never find anymore. But the Peanut Butter Boys blog has some great recipes. You should check him out.

  4. This sounds like such a light and tasty dessert. I see a lot of great recipes on your blog. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment!


  5. This looks so pretty! I usually think of meringue as a topping, what a great way to let it stand on its own. I am definitely going to try this.

  6. simple ingredients, sinless result–this is great!

  7. Wow, such an elegant dish, yet so simple to prepare. Very unique idea. I bet it tastes delicious, It looks so pretty!

  8. Very Cool! great to know of a dessert that can be whipped up in minutes!

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