How to make meringue nests

Wednesday 15th March 2017 by Lynne

These meringue nests couldn't be easier to make and look fantastic. Better still, they can be filled with cream and fresh fruit to create very cute mini Pavlovas! Try them- I bet you love them.

I am a big fan of Pavlova.  I grew up in a home where it was (and still is) a staple after Sunday lunch.  My mum makes the most amazing chocolate Pavlova which goes down a storm and is a firm family favourite.  I also love a Pavlova roulade which looks so impressive when served at the table.

The beauty of these individual meringues is that not only do they look super cute, they save on slicing and serving which can turn the most impressive meringue into a messy mixture on the plate.  Better still, you can use the meringues you need and freeze the rest for another occasion!

Using only egg whites and caster sugar, they really are easy to make.  The recipe and instructions are below.

How to make meringue nests
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Meal: Dessert, pudding, Snack | Course: | Cuisine: Comfort | Method: Baking

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Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • 150g caster sugar

Equipment:

  • whisk, beater or mixer
  • baking trays
  • parchment paper
  • piping bag & nozzle

Instructions:

  • whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks
  • whisk in the sugar, a spoonful at a time
  • place the mixture in a piping bag with nozzle attached
  • create the bottom of the meringues by piping the mix in a swirl to the desired size
  • Pipe an extra layer on top of the outer edge to create the nests
  • place in the oven (pre heated to 100C) and bake for around 90 minutes
  • Turn the oven off and leave the meringues inside until the oven has completely cooled. I usually leave them in overnight as this helps to dry them out. Make sure not to open the oven door
  • fill with whipped cream and fruit to create cute little mini pavlovas

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