Meringue Nests

  • Date October 11, 2013
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In a recent visit to Vernon, I went over to a friends house and she was whipping together these amazing looking GIANT meringue nests. I was immediately jealous and told her that I would commit some effort to recreate this recipe. First off. I LOVE meringue. However, for some reason, making meringue has never been something I have been good at. She gave me some pointers and inspiration and I came home and tackled this recipe. 

Ingredients:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup coconut sweetener or sugar
  • Blackberries or fresh fruit! 

A 50 calorie treat that serves well for any dessert!

Directions:

  • Separate the egg whites from the yolk and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. 
  • Beat the egg whites, vanilla and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. 
  • Gradually add in the sugar until stiff peaks form. 
  • Drop meringue onto a parchment lined cookie sheets (I made 4 large, you could make 8 small)
  • Using the back of a spoon, shape "cups"
  • Bake at 275' for 50-55 minutes
  • Turn off oven and leave meringues for 1 hour
  • Fill with fruit and enjoy! 

Picture Commentary:

It is moments like these that I really wish I had some better cooking appliances. Not being able to use a proper mixer of any sort due to lack of equipment, I resorted to my old school beater to make these meringues. 


It worked! And boy did I get a killer workout.



Pre-oven, nests formed!


Cooling once out of oven


They cracked a bit, I think I left them in too long and always forget they cook once they come out of the oven as well.


End result was gorgeous and tasty!





Food for Thought:

  • What would you put in your meringue nests? 
  • Do you prefer plain meringue or flavored? 
  • Do kids like meringue? 

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