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Berries and Cream Meringue Nests

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 4 hrs 25 mins
Crisp meringue nests filled with a delicious vanilla cream filling and piled high with sweet berries and dark chocolate shavings!
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Ingredients 

Meringue Nests

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

Cream Filling

  • 1/2 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup plain non fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Berries

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh berries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, etc
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • Dark chocolate shaving for topping, optional

Instructions

Meringue Nests

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt on high speed until frothy.
  • Add in the vanilla then continue to whisk on high speed.
  • Slowly add in the sugar with the mixer running until very stiff peaks form.
  • Using a rubber spatula, gently scoop the meringue into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip.
  • Pipe a disk of meringue into a 4 inch circle. Pipe another layer around the edge to form the sides of the shells.
  • Bake the meringues on the middle rack of the oven for about 2 hours or until they are dry and crisp, but not browned.
  • Turn the oven off and let them cool completely in the oven, 2 hours to overnight.
  • Store in a dry airtight container until you are ready to serve.

Cream Filling

  • Beat all of the cream filling ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment on high speed.
  • Beat until soft peaks form, about 2-3 minutes.

Berries

  • Toss the berries with the teaspoon of sugar in a bowl and let them macerate for at least 15 minutes.

Assembling

  • Divide the cream filling between 4 meringue nests filling them with a spoon or piping the cream in with a pastry bag fitted with a large tip.
  • Top the cream with the berries and finish with dark chocolate shavings if desired.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

It is best to make the meringue nests a day in advance because they take so long to dry out.

Nutrition

Serving: 0g, Calories: 236kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 42mg, Potassium: 129mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 465IU, Vitamin C: 1.5mg, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 0.1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
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