I don’t have a lot of a candy tooth, but when I’m going to have dessert I would like one which options nourishing components. These meringue nests are an lovable springtime dessert that youngsters will love. They’re freed from refined sugar, high in potassium, and make for a cute addition to youngsters’ Easter baskets.
What Are Meringue Nests?
These are a play off of the sunshine and ethereal Pavlova dessert. Pavlovas are a crispy, delicate meringue cake topped with recent berries or recent fruit, lemon curd, and/or whipped cream. They’re named after the well-known Twenties ballerina Anna Pavlova, however the dessert’s roots seemingly prolong additional again than that.
Meringue nests are a miniature, bite-sized model with chook “eggs” nestled inside. They normally have sweet chocolate eggs like what’s within the picture, however there are many different filling choices. They’re additionally naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free. And because of the 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar they’ve a good quantity of potassium.
Meringue Nest Filling Choices
I discovered some more healthy darkish chocolate sweet eggs at a neighborhood chocolate store for the pictures. You might be able to discover one thing related close to you. Listed below are some extra filling choices to recreate the chook’s nest look.
You may also make your personal chocolate eggs utilizing unsweetened or darkish chocolate with these Easter egg silicone molds. I couldn’t discover miniature Easter egg variations, however you can also make the meringue nests massive sufficient to suit one chocolate egg inside. Merely soften your favourite chocolate chips or baking chocolate and pour the combination into the mould. Pop them into the fridge to harden, then place them within the cooled nests earlier than consuming.
You may also make a miniature Pavlova as an alternative if most well-liked. Combine recent strawberries, combined berries, or different recent fruit collectively. Add a small splash of lemon juice and honey if desired. Spoon the berry combination into your cooled meringues proper earlier than serving. You may also high them with a dollop of home made whipped cream.
The best way to Make Meringue
Meringue could look tough, however when you get the grasp of it it’s a chunk of cake… or meringue on this case. Most recipes name for refined granulated sugar or caster sugar. More healthy granulated sugar choices like coconut sugar could make the meringue tough if not inconceivable to whip up. My sweetener of selection right here is honey.
You do want a sweetener of some variety to ensure that the meringue to not deflate within the oven. Plus baked egg white with cream of tarter and salt simply doesn’t have the identical style to it. The strategy is just like my homemade marshmallows recipe. And in contrast to common meringue the place we’re whipping the eggs to delicate peaks first after which including the sugar, the entire components go in the identical bowl.
These are a cute Easter dessert concept, or you would even fastidiously wrap just a few up for Easter baskets. Even when it’s not a vacation, they’re a sublime, gentle, and ethereal dessert that’s certain to be a crowd-pleaser.
Meringue Nest Recipe
Make a candy spring deal with with this simple recipe for honey meringue.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and put aside.
Preheat the oven to 200°F.
Match a piping bag (or zip-top bag with the nook snipped off) with a big star tip. You may make these nests and not using a piping tip, your nests simply received’t have a ridged design.
Place all of the components within the high portion of a double boiler or in a heat-safe bowl over a pan with a small quantity of boiling water within the backside.
Gently warmth the egg white combination, whisking consistently, till the combination is foamy and barely warmed. This could take 3-5 minutes.
Pour the warmed combination into the massive bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment.
Whisk on excessive velocity for about 5 minutes, or till the combination is a lightweight gold shade and stiff peaks kind.
Use a rubber spatula to scoop the meringue combination into the ready piping bag.
Pipe about half of the combination into 12, 2 to 3-inch circles on the baking tray. Add a little bit within the heart of the circle so there isn’t a gap within the center.
Pipe the remaining half of the meringue in a hoop on high of the outer fringe of the primary circles.
Bake within the preheated oven for an hour and a half.
After the time is up, flip off the oven and depart the meringues in there for one more hour or so to chill down progressively.
Take away the completed meringues from the oven and allow them to end cooling at room temperature. They are going to be delicate to the contact when heat however will get crispy as they cool.
Fill with no matter sort of candies you’d like to make use of as eggs.
- Baked meringue progressively loses its crunch when uncovered to humid air, so retailer these in an hermetic container at room temperature.
- When you’re feeling actually formidable you may shade a small quantity of the meringue with pure meals shade and pipe little eggs instantly into the nests earlier than baking. Simply use a bag with the very finish snipped off for piping.
Serving: 1nestEnergy: 92kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 1gFats: 0.02gSodium: 21mgPotassium: 42mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 23gVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 0.1mg
What to Do With Leftover Egg Yolks
When you’re utilizing recent eggs, as an alternative of the stuff from a carton, you’ll have some egg yolks left over. Listed below are just a few recipes concepts to make use of them up:
Have you ever ever made meringue earlier than? What are a few of your favourite springtime treats? Depart a remark and let me know!