Italian Meringue Recipe

Italian Meringue Recipe for Ice Cream

Italian Meringue is a light, sweet tasting treat. It can be whipped up in minutes and doesn’t require cooking in an oven. This meringue differs in texture to the French meringue that is baked until crispy.

Uses for Italian Meringue

  • This meringue is good on lemon ice cream. Some Italian gelato stores offer this as an optional extra with their gelato.
  • Italian meringue has another use. It can be added to sorbet to give it a slightly creamier texture. It acts as a stabiliser and reduces that icy texture that sorbet sometimes has.
  • Because meringue holds its shape so well, use it in pastry cooking to give cakes structure.
  • Next time you bake a lemon meringue pie, top with meringue.

Once you make this meringue, you’ll then just need some ice cream to add this too. To get you started, I recommend checking out my favourite 60 ice cream recipes that can easily be made at home.

Lemon ice cream in bowl with meringue

Italian Meringue Recipe

To make this recipe you’ll need

  • 80g water
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 100g egg white


  1. Attach a sugar thermometer to the side of your saucepan. Avoid letting the bottom of the thermometer touch the saucepan.
  2. Add water to a saucepan then slowly add the sugar. Don’t let the water splash up onto the side of the saucepan.
  3. Heat the mixture slowly until it reaches 114C degrees then beat egg whites on a high speed as the mixture continues heating.
  4. Once the syrup reaches 121 degrees remove from heat. Allow the syrup to settle for a few seconds then slowly start pouring into the egg white while beating.
  5. Continue beating until the mixture has cooled.

The end product should look something like the pictures with stiff peaks forming. This meringue will stay doesn’t require cooking and will not deflate for days. You can keep it in the fridge for later use.

Italian meringue and mandarin on top of ice cream

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  1. Hi. I am looking for the recipe of Italian merangue icecream. I tasted it in Livorno and made it once.
    I cannot find the recipe.
    This icecream is made by using the italian meringue in its soft form. ( not cooked meringues) then icecream is made and they are mixed together.
    Can you help me with this recipe,

    1. Hi Tiziana, I haven’t tried adding this meringue to ice cream, that’s interesting. You could make a basic vanilla ice cream and reduce the sugar a little. Then add some of this meringue when the ice cream is almost finished churning in the ice cream maker. Cheers, Nate.

  2. Hi, what flavour ice cream would you suggest to go on top of a carrot cake layer to make an ice cream type cake. I’ve seen a few combinations around but none of the flavour ideas seem very inspiring.


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