Meringue Nests

Total Time:
6 hr 20 min
Prep:
2 hr 20 min
Inactive:
1 hr
Cook:
3 hr

Yield:
8 nests
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 8 ounces marscarpone
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • Sugar pearls or sprinkles, for topping
Directions
  • Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 250 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • Beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt in a large clean dry bowl with a mixer on medium speed until foamy. Increase the speed to medium high and beat until thick and opaque, about 1 more minute. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time, and beat until stiff shiny peaks form, about 5 more minutes.

  • Transfer the meringue to a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip. Pipe eight 3-inch disks on the baking sheets, then pipe around the edge of the disks to create 2-inch-high sides. Bake at 250 degrees F until dry and crisp, about 3 hours. Let cool completely on the baking sheets. Store in an airtight container in a dry place for up to 1 week.

  • For the filling, whisk the mascarpone with the confectioners' sugar, then whisk in the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Spoon into the meringue nests; top with sugar pearls.

  • Photograph by Ryan Dausch


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