[Italian] plural miringhe

Meringue. A dessert or cake made with egg whites beaten with sugar until stiff, and then baked very slowly either to make small individual pastries or on top of a flan containing fruit or in a cake. The result can be stunning - stiff and crisp on the outside, dissolving into a wonderful chewy, almost toffee-like finish. On the other hand, it can be dry and without texture, disappearing in a dusty puff in your mouth.