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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