I don’t have a lot of a candy tooth, but when I’m going to have dessert I need one which options nourishing elements. These meringue nests are an lovely springtime dessert that children will love. They’re freed from refined sugar, excessive 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 contemporary berries or contemporary fruit, lemon curd, and/or whipped cream. They’re named after the well-known Twenties ballerina Anna Pavlova, however the dessert’s roots probably lengthen additional again than that.
Meringue nests are a miniature, bite-sized model with fowl “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 due to the 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar they’ve an honest quantity of potassium.
Meringue Nest Filling Choices
I discovered some more healthy darkish chocolate sweet eggs at an area chocolate store for the photographs. You could possibly discover one thing comparable close to you. Listed below are some extra filling choices to recreate the fowl’s nest look.
You may also make your individual 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 mildew. 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 a substitute if most well-liked. Combine contemporary strawberries, combined berries, or different contemporary 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 prime them with a dollop of selfmade whipped cream.
Easy methods to Make Meringue
Meringue could look troublesome, however when you get the cling of it it’s a bit 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 troublesome if not unimaginable to whip up. My sweetener of alternative right here is honey.
You do want a sweetener of some sort 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 selfmade marshmallows recipe. And in contrast to common meringue the place we’re whipping the eggs to mushy peaks first after which including the sugar, the entire elements go in the identical bowl.
These are a cute Easter dessert concept, or you may even rigorously wrap just a few up for Easter baskets. Even when it’s not a vacation, they’re a chic, gentle, and ethereal dessert that’s positive to be a crowd-pleaser.
Meringue Nest Recipe
Make a candy spring deal with with this straightforward 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 can also make these nests with out a piping tip, your nests simply gained’t have a ridged design.
Place all of the elements within the prime 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 continuously, 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 pace for about 5 minutes, or till the combination is a light-weight gold colour and stiff peaks type.
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 somewhat within the middle of the circle so there isn’t a gap within the center.
Pipe the remaining half of the meringue in a hoop on prime 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 an additional 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 mushy to the contact when heat however will get crispy as they cool.
Fill with no matter type 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.
- For those who’re feeling actually bold you possibly can colour a small quantity of the meringue with pure meals colour and pipe little eggs straight 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
For those who’re utilizing contemporary eggs, as a substitute 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!