Saturday Sweets: Meringue Nests / Mini Pavlovas
Recipe type: Dessert
Total time: 
Serves: 10
  • 3 egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • Fresh fruit such as sliced fresh strawberries, kiwi, blueberries, raspberries, oranges, bananas, etc.
  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (this is a necessity if you want to get your nests back off!)
  2. Place egg whites in a large bowl and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  3. Add the vanilla and cream of tartar to the egg whites and beat on medium speed until soft peaks form.
  4. Beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high, until stiff peaks form.
  5. Drop meringue into ten mounds onto prepared baking sheet. Shape into approximately 3" cups with the back of a spoon, creating a dip in the middle (like a nest!). These will not spread much with baking so feel free to put them very close together.
  6. Bake at 275° for 45-55 minutes or until set and dry. Turn off oven and do NOT open door; leave meringues in oven for 1 more hour.
  7. When ready to serve, fill with your favourite fresh fruits and whipped cream - a kiwi, banana, strawberry combo or mixed berries are two of our favourite topping combinations. You can also top the whipped cream with a little orange or lemon zest for a pretty finish :)
Recipe by Hidden Ponies at