I’ve had the festive idea for Toasted Coconut Meringue Nests floating around in my head for weeks. Perhaps even months, since my food blogger brain usually jumps way ahead when it comes to holidays (I may or may not have already started thinking about July 4th ideas). Then I got my final push of inspiration from Laura’s meringue cups last month….the girl just makes meringues (and everything else she makes) look so beautiful.
Whenever I’m working on recipes that call for egg yolks (like last week’s tutorial on how to make a quick aioli), I always make sure to save the whites. Always! There are a ton of uses for egg whites, but my two favorites happen to be meringues and angel food cake.
I store them in a covered container in the fridge, with a note on lid that lists the date and number of egg whites. It could happen, but chances are you’re not going to use the exact number of whites in the container at the same time. This is totally ok. There are two ways to remove the amount of whites that you need – by weight (large egg whites weight approximately 1 ounce) or measuring spoon (1 large egg white is approximately 2 tablespoons). Egg whites will keep in the refrigerator for about four days, alternatively they also freeze well.
I’m always a little confused by meringues. I believe they’re meant to be a cookie, but I always think of them as a candy. Either way, they’re light, airy, crisp, super sweet and this version is has a beautiful coconut and vanilla flavor.
While the meringues do require a bit of a lengthy bake time, they’re surprisingly easy to make. Once the Meringue Nests have baked and cooled, fill them with your favorite egg-shaped Easter candies. My favorites are Cadbury Mini Eggs or Whoppers Robin Eggs (this is what I used). Reese’s Pieces Eggs or jelly beans also work well.
Toasted Coconut Meringue Nests are the perfect (and, edible) Easter decoration or addition to your dessert table. If I was hosting Easter dinner this year I would include one of these sweet, airy nests on each guest’s plate next to the place card. If you’re hosting Easter this year, I think you should do that….partly because I think it’s a cute idea and also so I can live vicariously through you.
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