Recipe 14: Meringue Nests

Bonjour bloggers!

I made these meringue nests for pudding on Mother’s Day here in the UK on Sunday. My mum is quite fussy about pudding; either:

  • She’s too full from her dinner
  • She can’t eat chocolate because of being a sufferer of migraines
  • Same applies to nuts or coffee

So I had a flick through the Baking Bible and decided these were the perfect thing for her; Mary suggests using strawberries and to vary the fruit according to the season. Knowing that mango was in season but yet still a lover of the mighty strawberry – you guessed it…

Strawberry and Mango meringue nests!

Photo 10-03-2013 16 42 04

I did want to make a passionfruit coulis to go with it, however, the supermarket was out of passionfruit so I guess that saved me a heap of time anyway!

They came out lovely, if a little big, and preserved the marshmallow-type chewiness in the middle while lovely and crisp on the outside. An easy recipe and perfect as a lighter dessert, as opposed to something dense and rich like chocolate or cake.

Ingredients (makes 5-6 nests): 

  • 4 large egg whites 
  • 240 g icing sugar
  • A few drops of vanilla extract (if using)

For the filling:

  • 225 g strawberries
  • 150 g mango  
  • Double cream (if using instead of redcurrant jelly)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 140C/fan 120/gas mark 1. Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
  2. Put the egg whites in a large bowl (heatproof) and whisk until foaming.
  3. Sift the icing sugar into the egg whites and set over a bowl of gently simmering water; whisking until very thick and holding its shape.
  4. Add the vanilla, and whisk again to mix.
  5. Spoon the meringue into a piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle and pipe 6 basket shapes onto the baking tray. Photo 10-03-2013 14 47 19
  6. Bake in the oven for roughly 45 minutes until crisp and dry. Leave to cool. 
  7. Halve the strawberries and chop the mango, and use to fill the nests.
  8. If you are using redcurrant jelly, warm in a small pan and spoon over to glaze.
  9. If like me you use double cream, lightly drizzle over the top and serve!
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4 thoughts on “Recipe 14: Meringue Nests

  1. yourtruthdiet says:

    I haven’t made a meringue in quite a while. After coming across this post and watching Giada de Laurentiis make them yesterday, I think I just might make some this week. Beautiful nests by the way…..Healthy Journey!

    • amyprescott92 says:

      I hadn’t done it before either, but according to the book this method causes a more firm and longer lasting meringue – known as ‘Meringue Cuite’. It’s meant to hold its shape better than the ordinary way, while being drier 🙂

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