Have I become slightly obsessed with making meringue?… possibly yes. But, we don’t judge here on the blog, do we now? *wink wink*.
In all seriousness, I’m absolutely LOVING incorporating meringue into my bakes now that I’ve mastered making it and Easter was to good of an opportunity to miss out on making another batch.
Now, I’m sure you’ve seen that a fair few bakers online have shared their version of these Easter meringue nests. So, it was only right I stick my two pennies worth in and share my version… is that not what I’m here for afterall? Haha.
What I love about these Easter meringue nests is that they’re such a simple bake to create yet has maximum effect! It’s one of those bakes everyone will love the taste of and appreciate the look of the finish product. Kids, teenagers, adults – who wouldn’t love these?
What I also love is that it doesn’t matter if your completely new to baking or a professional, I truly believe every single person reading this post right now can create their own version of these nests and be blooming proud of the outcome.
So why not join me in making a batch of these this Easter? You know you want too…
As always, my recipe is below. Let’s crack on and get baking.
Category: Sweet Treat / Desert
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 1Hour 20Minutes
Chill Time: 1Hour
Decorating Time: 15 Minutes
Overall Time: 3Hours
Ingredients You Need For The Meringue:
- 4 Large Egg Whites (120g)
- 225g Of Caster Sugar
- 1.5tsp Of Cream Of Tartar
Ingredients You Need To Decorate:
- 200ml Of Double Cream
- Selection Of Mini Eggs (I Used: M&M Mini Eggs, Cadburys Mini Eggs & Terrys Chocolate Orange Mini Eggs), Crushed
- 1 Bar Of Twirl
How To Make The Meringues:
- Firstly, gather together your equipment and ingredients, line two baking trays with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 140C / 120C Fan / Gas Mark 1.
- Secondly, in a sparkling clean bowl, using an electric whisk, whisk the 4 egg whites and 1.5tsp of cream of tartar together to stiff peaks.
- Once stiff peaks form, a tablespoon at a time, slowly add the 225g of caster sugar (TIP: this will take time, DON’T rush this process as your meringues will become gritty).
- When all the sugar has been added, give it a final whisk for roughly a minute until completely smooth and glossy.
- (TIP: you will know your meringue is complete when you can turn your bowl upside down above your head and it doesn’t fall or move out the bowl).
- Dollop 6 heaped spoons of meringue onto the pre lined baking trays (I recommend doing 3 meringues per tray) and then split the remaining meringue mixture between the six.
- Now, place into the oven for around 80 minutes until the outside of the meringues feels slightly crispy/hard.
- Once baked, leave the meringues to cool down completely in the oven with the door open for an hour. Then, remove from the oven and transfer onto a serving board or wire rack.
- (TIP: if the meringue insides aren’t cooked to your personal preference, ie: under cooked, I’d recommend placing back into the oven for a further 10 minutes, only this time on a lower heat of 100C Fan).
How To Decorate The Meringues:
- Now that your meringues have fully cooled, it’s time to decorate.
- In a large bowl, using an electric whisk, whisk the 200ml of double cream until smooth and thick (TIP: during the whisking process, keep a close eye on your cream as it goes from runny to over whipped very quickly!).
- Dollop a large spoonful of whipped cream onto the top of each meringue.
- Next, in a sandwich bag place the majority your mini eggs (leaving a handful aside) and using a rolling pin, crush the mini eggs into your perfect size.
- Sprinkle the crushed and remaining mini eggs across the top of the whipped cream.
- Finally, using a grater, grate the twirl bar over the top of each meringue for the finishing touch.
That’s your Easter Meringue Nests prepared, baked, cooled and decorated ready for you to enjoy!
I’m SO happy with how these little circles of pure joy turned out!
Cooking and cooling time not included but overall, this is such a quick & easy recipe to do with an achievable and enjoyable outcome! These really are an amazing treat to make for everyone this Easter.
Let me know in the comments below if you make these nests yourself and if you do, what your thoughts are on them. Are we obsessed?
Sending you all tons of love & hugs as always,