Recipe: Raspberry Meringue Nests
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Can’t think of a better way to celebrate juicy red berries than with these Raspberry Meringue Nests, crunchy-yet-soft meringue packed with a sweet raspberry filling and finished with pillowy topping.
4 egg whites
Pinch of kosher salt
1 cup sugar, divided
1 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp white vinegar
3 cups frozen raspberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup cornstarch
Pinch kosher salt
2 tbsp butter
Cool Whip Dessert Topping, for garnish
Seedless raspberry jam, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 250ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Trace six 3-inch circles on the parchment sheets. Flip the parchment over so your meringue won’t touch the ink.
- For the meringues, place the egg whites and salt in a clean, dry bowl of an electric mixer. Using the whisk attachment, whip on medium speed until soft peaks form. Increase speed to high and gradually add 3/4 cup sugar, mixing until stiff peaks form. In a small bowl, combine 1/4-cup sugar with cornstarch. Lightly fold cornstarch mixture and vinegar into egg whites. Using a piping bag fitted with a small round nozzle, pipe and fill in over pre-drawn circles, continuing to pipe 3-4 rings on top of each other around the rim to form a nest. Bake for 30 minutes, turn off oven and let cool for 2 hours in closed oven.
- For the raspberry filling, in a medium saucepan, combine raspberries, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water. Heat on medium-high, stirring frequently for 5 minutes until mixture is lightly boiling and berries are breaking down. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs yolks, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water, cornstarch and salt. Temper the egg yolk mixture by quickly whisking in a few tablespoons of the hot raspberry mixture. While continually whisking, transfer warmed egg mixture to saucepan. Stir constantly over medium heat until mixture begins to thicken, about 2 minutes. Press raspberry mixture through a fine mesh strainer and discard any solids. Return raspberry filling back to saucepan over low heat. Add butter, whisking 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and refrigerate until ready to use, cooling completely.
- When ready to serve, fill meringue nests with raspberry filling, top with a heaping spoon of Cool Whip Dessert Topping and drizzle raspberry jam to finish.
Yield: 24 pieces
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Authors of bestselling cookbooks Bite Me and Bite Me Too, saucy sisters Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat love eating, feeding, entertaining and dishing up easy recipes and forkin’ fun at BiteMeMore.com.