Classically simple and delicious, meringues are a long-standing family favourite. If you think meringue nests are too tricky to make from scratch – think again! This quick and easy meringue recipe yields the lightest, fluffiest, crispiest meringues you’ve ever tasted. What are you waiting for? Give it a go!
Follow this 6-step easy meringue recipe to make the tastiest meringue nests you’ve ever had!
Preheat the oven to 130°C /Fan 110°C/ Gas 1/2. Line 2 baking sheets with non-stick baking parchment.
This type of meringue is ‘dried-out’ in the oven at a low temperature – you can open the oven door at any time without fear of them collapsing.
Put the egg whites into a large, perfectly clean, grease-free bowl. Add the pinch of salt. Whisk until they hold their shape, but stop once they do. Over-whipping at this stage can cause the egg whites to separate.
Be extra careful when removing your meringues from the baking paper, if you’re too heavy handed then they could easily crack or crumble.
Add half the Tate & Lyle Golden Caster Sugar, whisking well. Whisk in the vanilla extract, then the cornflour, then add the remaining sugar and whisk until the whites are stiff and glossy.
Feel free to get creative when it comes to serving your meringues. Although cream and fresh fruit are popular side-servings (particularly strawberries, raspberries, grapes and blueberries), you could always try serving your meringue nests alongside a number of other sweet dessert treats.
Place 6 heaped mounds of the meringue onto each baking sheet, spreading them out slightly, though allowing space between them.
If you’re making your meringues for an extra special occasion – such as a party or other event – why not try adding a few drops of food colouring to your meringues to give them a pretty, pastel appearance.
Transfer to the oven and bake for 1½ -2 hours to dry out, then switch off the oven and leave the meringues inside until completely cooled (unless you need your oven). When cold, carefully remove them from the baking paper.
If you enjoyed making this quick and easy meringue recipe, be sure to pass it along to your family and friends!
Serve with whipped fresh cream, raspberries and strawberries.
Ingredients – 8 items
Pinch of salt
Fairtrade Tate & Lyle Golden Caster Cane Sugar
Fresh, to serve
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