At the end of March we saw a super cute nest inspired recipe on Two Peas and Their Pod: beautiful Coconut Macaroon Nutella Nests that we just adored! For Easter, we came up with our version with this easy and yummy dessert to serve at your Easter party. Enjoy our Easter lemon and meringue nest, a fun twist on lemon meringe pie! Plus this recipe really fits with our month’s ”eggalicious” theme!
- 4 egg whites
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1 pinch salt or cream tartar
- Preheat oven at 200°F.
- In an electric mixer (make sure your bowl is grease free*), beat egg whites and salt until the eggs start to form soft peaks.
- Slowly add the sugar 1 tbsp at a time while beating at high-speed.
- Beat until the egg whites are shiny and the peaks are firm.
- Add egg whites into a piping bag and a decorating tip from Wilton or Ateco (I used an open star tip).
- On a cookie sheet lined parchment paper draw with a pencil circles on the paper the size you want the nest to be.
- Then fill the circles with the meringue filling the whole circle. To complete the nest, just pipe one more ring around the edge to create the nest.
- Bake for about 2 hrs. Let cool completely in the oven.
*A stainless steel bowl is best, plastic can harbor grease and this can prevent egg white to form stiff peaks.
You can store the meringue in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
- 1 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 2/3 cup water
- 4 egg yolks
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 4 tsp lemon zest
- 1/2 cup of lemon juice
- On a double boiler put the following: sugar, corn starch, salt and water. Boil until the mixture becomes thick. Always continue stirring while it cooks.
- Add egg yolks and continue stirring,
- Add butter lemon zest and lemon juice,
- Remove from heat. Let it cool.
- Cover with plastic wrap right on top of the custard. Put in the fridge until ready to use.
*Trick: take the custard and pass it through a sieve to remove lumps (this will make you custard silky and smooth).
Fill the meringue nest with the lemon custard.
Add a few Easter candy covered chocolate eggs and sprinkle with toasted sweet coconut to decorate.
Put the nest on edible candy grass with a sugary lemon flavor! It’s the final touch that really makes a difference. We found our yellow edible easter grass at Dylan’s Candy Bar but pink colored one is also available at Wal-Mart.
Happy Sweet Remedy!