Chocolate Meringue Easter Nests

Chocolate Meringue Easter Nests
Easter being so early this year is really throwing me off. I like to do a lot of baking around this time of year as there are so many fantastic foods to enjoy. I’ll be carrying on with Easter baking in April so I can have enough time to enjoy it all! I made a giant version of these Chocolate Meringue Easter Nests last year for a family dinner, I never ended up blogging about it but I knew that when Easter came around again I wanted to re-create the recipe as individual nests, and I’m so glad I did!

Jump straight to the recipe!

To start, I finely grated dark chocolate and then stirred cocoa powder into it.

I whisked up egg whites and cream of tartar in a food mixer until soft peaks formed.

Keeping the mixer going, I added vanilla extract and poured in caster sugar. Always measure your egg whites and then double the amount of sugar to get the perfect meringue. Once stiff peaks formed – turn the bowl upside for the true test of this! – then I turned the mixer off.

I folded the chocolate and cocoa powder mix into the meringue.

I put the meringue into a piping bag with a star nozzle and piped out nest shapes onto a lined baking tray. There were 12 in total.

I baked the meringue nests on 140C (120C Fan)/275F/Gas Mark 1 for 40 minutes.

I whipped up double cream and also grabbed a bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs.

Chocolate Meringue Easter Nests

Then I spooned some of the cream into the middle of each of the Chocolate Meringue Easter Nests, added 3 Mini Eggs, and then drizzled over some melted dark chocolate to finish.

Chocolate Meringue Easter Nests

The Chocolate Meringue Easter Nests were so chocolatey and melt in the mouth, and I think we all know how well freshly whipped cream goes with crisp meringue! I thought they looked really cute. You could also top the Chocolate Meringue Easter Nests with mini creme eggs, caramel eggs, oreo eggs… whichever you prefer!


Chocolate Meringue Easter Nests

Ingredients

For the meringue

  • 100 g Dark chocolate
  • 4 tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 6 Egg whites large
  • 1 tsp Cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • Double the weight of the egg whites Caster sugar

For filling & decoration

  • 300 ml Double cream
  • 1 tbsp Icing sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • Mini Eggs
  • 6 squares Dark chocolate melted

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 140C/120C Fan/275F/Gas Mark 1, line a baking tray with greaseproof paper

  2. Finely grate the dark chocolate and stir the cocoa powder into it
  3. Whisk up the egg whites and cream of tartar in a food mixer until soft peaks form
  4. Keeping the mixer going, add the vanilla extract and slowly pour in the caster sugar. Once stiff peaks form turn the mixer off
  5. Fold the chocolate and cocoa powder mix into the meringue
  6. Put the meringue into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe out nest shapes onto the baking tray

  7. Bake the meringue nests for 40 minutes. Allow to cool fully before filling

  8. Whip up the double cream with the icing sugar and vanilla, then spoon it into the middle of each nest, add 3 Mini Eggs, and then drizzle over the melted dark chocolate to finish

You can find more of my Meringue recipes by clicking here!

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23 comments / Add your comment below

  1. wow Kat… so pretty. I love the pale cream and the dark chocolate and then the textures must be wonderful too… but then anything with chocolate eggs is a win win with me… a perfect entry to Simply Eggcellent, thank you xxx

  2. Fab recipe Kat. There is something so tempting about meringue and I never tire of it. Loving the chocolate addition to the meringue….. bet it tastes wonderful with the cold cream and extra crunch of the mini eggs X

  3. These look wonderful. I've always wanted to try making meringue but haven't yet, I think I may try making some this weekend. Iish me luck. I have one question what is the best temperature to use on an electric oven and how long should I let the meringue bake?

  4. So pretty! I love meringues , in fact I find them irrestibile! Must try these next year! Thank you for linking up with #creditcrunchmunch

  5. Such perfect meringue nests and with chocolate too! I still have a large stock of mini eggs so I think these will be on the dessert menu next week. Thanks for entering AlphaBakes.

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