Impress your guests at your party with these soft, crunchy and mouthwatering pear and chocolate meringue nests recipe!
Since I was a little girl I loved meringue. I remember my grandpa’s friend that had a bakery with lots of sweets. Whenever I visited his bakery I always had meringue with whipped cream. I still can remember the taste of them. They were so delicious and I miss them so much. Since then the bakery is closed, my grandpa is gone and as well his friend. It was long time ago but I will cherish that time. Memories are the best……
I made pear and chocolate meringue nests especially for the First Communion party that I will be sharing soon on the blog. At first I thought to make pavlova but I opted for little meringue nests. If you’ve ever worked with egg whites and meringue you know that not every time is perfect. I don’t bake meringue often only sometimes. However, this was my first attempt to bake meringue nests. Believe it or not but I made three batches and now I have a perfect and easy recipe for meringue nests. My children loved them so all three batches were gone quickly. Also, I gave some to my neighbor and I took one batch to my meeting with food bloggers. We had a great time!
At my first attempt they were ok, but I spent a large amount on piping them perfectly. Still they came out very flat and not high enough. They were great in taste but not perfect to photograph. I had to make another batch. Therefore, for the next batch I thought that maybe I can raise heat a little more. I was wrong! 275 F was to high for my meringues and they came out tasty but they looked bad. They looked like shattered glass. I didn’t want to photograph them either. So I went to the kitchen and I made a new batch of meringue nests. After realizing my mistakes I was finally set.
First of all I found out that the easiest way to put them on the tray is by simply using the large spoon. Then make a hole inside the meringue by sliding back of the small spoon from right to left. I used bag with a hole before and I also used my piping set. However, my piping set is so small so I had to refill multiple times and I was so dirty and sticky after that. Just putting them on the tray by spoon was the easiest way for me.
My pear and chocolate meringue nests are a little brownish because I used can sugar.
Pear and Chocolate Meringue Nests
- 4 egg whites
- 1/2 cup [easyazon_link identifier="B00TGE5U0G" locale="US" tag="ilospas-20"]cane sugar[/easyazon_link]*
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. cornstarch
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
- 1 asian pear cut in half & sliced
- 1 banana sliced
- 1/4 cup [easyazon_link identifier="B00HCNCQ2S" locale="US" tag="ilospas-20"]chocolate chips[/easyazon_link] melted
- Preheat oven to 225 F. Prepare large baking pan with parchment paper or [easyazon_link identifier="B00008T960" locale="US" tag="ilospas-20"]silpat[/easyazon_link].
- Beat egg whites in a large glass bowl with [easyazon_link identifier="B000FIOU76" locale="US" tag="ilospas-20"]electric mixer[/easyazon_link] on low speed until soft peak. Add [easyazon_link identifier="B00TGE5U0G" locale="US" tag="ilospas-20"]cane sugar[/easyazon_link] gradually. Beat until sugar is dissolved and stiff.
- Fold in lemon juice and cornstarch.
- By using large spoon put some meringue on the tray. Form about 12 of them. Use the small spoon to make a hole inside by sliding bumpy back of the spoon from right to left.
- Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes. After that time turn off the oven and leave meringues inside. Usually for at least 2- 3 hours. I usually leave it overnight and prepare the rest next day.
- In a medium bowl beat the whipping cream with [easyazon_link identifier="B000FIOU76" locale="US" tag="ilospas-20"]electric mixer[/easyazon_link] until soft peak. Add powdered sugar and just mix. Don't over beat the whipped cream.
- When meringue nests are cooled off decorate them. Put some whipped cream inside the hole of the meringue. Add slice of pear and slices of banana. Add melted [easyazon_link identifier="B00HCNCQ2S" locale="US" tag="ilospas-20"]chocolate chips[/easyazon_link] on top.
- Meringue Nests stay fresh up to 5 hours.
**My pear and chocolate meringue nests are a little brownish because I used can sugar.