Meringue Nests

Meringue Nests
Pareve and gluten free--serves 8

Can be prepared a day ahead. rsz 04 reeh meringue nests on parchment copy

Ingredients for meringues

  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. superfine sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Directions for meringues

  1. Preheat the oven to 300º and place the rack in the middle.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Stir together the sugar and cornstarch.
  4. Separate eggs and set the yolks aside for the lemon curd recipe.
  5. Beat the egg whites on medium high in a mixer and add cream of tartar and salt. Once the whites are creamy, begin to gradually add the sugar/cornstarch mix until the whites are stiff.
  6. Add the vanilla and beat until the meringue is glossy and holds a stiff peak.
  7. Drop a large spoonful of meringue onto the parchment paper and shape into a circle with a depressed center. Repeat until you have 8 shells.
  8. Reduce the oven heat to 200º and place the meringues in the oven. Bake 1-1/2 hours.
  9. Turn off the oven and leave meringues inside to cool. Leave at least 3 hrs. or overnight.

 

Topping ingredients

1- 8 oz. carton of Richwhip
Your choice of fruit like mango, kiwi, pineapple or mixed berries.

Lemon Curd Ingredients

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 6 Tbsp. pareve margarine

Directions for the Lemon Curd

  1. Whisk together the yolks and sugar in a heavy saucepan until well combined.
  2. Add lemon zest and juice and margarine.
  3. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until thickened.
  4. Don’t let the mixture boil but remove it as soon as you see bubbles forming around the edge. The curd will thicken as it cools.
  5. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until dessert. It keeps about a week.

Simplest presentation: Fill meringue shells with fruit and serve. Omit lemon curd and whipped cream.

Most elaborate presentation: Whip cream. Place a spoonful of lemon curd in each shell. Top with whipped cream. Guests can then choose to top the nests with their favorite fruit.

Note:  If your dessert will be dairy, you can purchase pre-made lemon curd.

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