Happy almost Valentine’s Day everyone! I’m Danae from Recipe Runner and I’m so excited to be back on Ashley’s wonderful blog! Today I’m sharing with you a sweet, beautiful, and of course delicious dessert to make this Saturday, Berries and Cream Meringue Nests!
Meringues are one of my favorite cookies. I love their crisp texture that turns marshmallowy as it dissolves in your mouth. I also love that they are a “healthy” cookie as far as cookies are concerned, so I can eat about 10 of them and not feel like a pig. I’ve made meringue cookies plenty of times and I love playing with the flavors of them, but I had never tried making a nest out of them. So what is a meringue nest you ask? Well it’s simply an oversized meringue cookie that you pipe out with a pastry bag into the shape of a bird’s nest. The whole idea of making the nest is so that it can hold a delicious filling like this lovely vanilla cream topped with juicy berries!
The cream filling for these meringue nests is a combination of whipping cream, plain non fat Greek yogurt, vanilla bean paste, and a little sugar. I could have just made whipped cream for the filling, but I loved the idea of adding the Greek yogurt for thickness and a little tart flavor. With all the sweetness from the vanilla meringue nests and the berries, the tartness of the yogurt was the perfect way to balance everything out.
On top of that luscious cream I of course had to pile on some berries and a dusting of dark chocolate shavings because it’s just not Valentine’s Day without some berries and chocolate, am I right?! I used raspberries and blackberries to top mine, but feel free to use whatever berries you prefer. I added a teaspoon of sugar to the berries to sweeten them up and bring out some of their wonderful juices.
This is a dessert that should be assembled just before serving. If you make it in advance the meringue nests will turn soft and leave you with a gooey marshmallow rather than that crisp, crunchy, cloud of vanilla sugar. The Berries and Cream Meringue Nests are an elegant and impressive looking dessert to finish off your Valentine’s Day dinner. After all who doesn’t love to finish off a special day with something sweet!
Yields 4 servings
Berries and Cream Meringue Nests
Crisp meringue nests filled with a delicious vanilla cream filling and piled high with sweet berries and dark chocolate shavings!