A miniature take on the classic Eton mess served in a nest. Perfect for strawberry season and summertime entertaining!
How to make Eton Mess Mini Pavlovas
Preheat the oven to 120C/250F. Draw eight circles about 3” in diameter on a piece of parchment paper to fit on your baking tray, then flip it over so the drawn on side is face down. Set aside.
Tip the egg whites into your mixing bowl along with the salt and cream of tartar. Whisk until foamy, then turn the mixer onto a medium-low speed. Add in the sifted Tate & Lyle caster sugar a teaspoon at a time, allowing the sugar to mix in before adding the next spoonful, until all the sugar has been added. Turn the mixer on to a medium-high speed and whisk until the meringue mixture forms stiff peaks. Transfer to a piping bag. I use a star shaped nozzle, but a round nozzle would be fine too.
Use a little of the meringue in each corner of the tray to “stick” the parchment paper to the baking tray. Pipe the meringue into nest shapes: starting in the middle of each circle, pipe a spiral shape to fill the circle template, then pipe a wall around the edge of each meringue circle. I pipe my meringue walls three layers high, but adjust this according to your preference.
Place the tray with the piped pavlova nests in the oven, then turn the temperature down to 100C/210F. Bake for 50 minutes, then turn the oven off and leave the nests to cool completely with the door shut in the oven.
For the icing and decoration
Tip the double cream into a mixing bowl with the vanilla and 1 tbsp Tate & Lyle icing sugar. Whisk until the cream reaches soft peak stage with an electric whisk, then finish off to the thickness you want by hand.
Layer the nests with whipped cream and strawberries, finishing with the strawberries. Add mint leaves to decorate, if using, and enjoy!
Ingredients – 8 items
Pinch of salt
Tate & Lyle Caster Sugar
Cream of tartar
Tate & Lyle Icing Sugar
Optional, for decoration
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