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Meringue Nests with Orange Curd and Raspberries

Course Dessert
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 36
Author Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl

Ingredients

For Meringue Nests:

  • 4 large egg whites at room temperature (reserve yolks for the orange curd!!!)
  • 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 3-4 drops orange extract optional - do not put in more than a few drops

For Orange Curd:

  • 4 egg yolks at room temperature
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • 1/3 c. fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter softened

Garnish:

  • 1 pint fresh raspberries

Instructions

For Meringue Nests:

  1. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until the egg whites are foamy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Gradually add the sugar, a few tablespoons at a time.
  4. Beat on high until stiff peaks form, and the egg whites are glossy and white, about 5 minutes.
  5. Beat in orange extract.
  6. Using a piping bag fitted with a star tip, pipe 2-inch rounds of meringue, starting from the inside, and working toward the outside, building the outer edge a little higher than the center. Repeat until all the meringue is gone.
  7. Bake the nests at 215 degrees for 60 minutes, then turn off the oven, keeping the oven door closed. Do not open the door, and allow the meringues to cool completely in the oven, about 1-2 hours.
  8. Meanwhile, prepare orange curd.

For Orange Curd:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, orange zest, orange juice, sugar and salt. Transfer to a small saucepan.
  2. Cook the mixture over low-medium heat, stirring constantly, until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and add the butter. Mix until smooth.
  4. Transfer the curd to a small bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
  5. Refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.

To assemble:

  1. Pipe or spoon a heaping teaspoon of orange curd into the center of each meringue nest. Top with a fresh raspberry. Serve immediately!

Recipe Notes

*The meringue nests and orange curd can both be prepared ahead of time, and stored for 2-3 days separately, but don't assemble the nests until you are ready to serve. *Store the meringues in a cool, dry place. Humidity will cause them to become soft and sticky. I made these the night before, and just left them uncovered in the oven. It was perfect for keeping them arid and crisp.