Easter has come early this year and work has been busy, which means that I haven’t had a huge amount of time to prepare for it, cook anything special or bake a couple of batches of hot cross buns. Luckily enough, the theme for my baking class last night was “The best chocolate cake ever” so that provided me with a last-minute chocolate offering for the weekend ahead. The hot cross buns aren’t going to get a look in as we are off to Cornwall for the week and there is packing to be done.
As a last-minute thought, and because I happened to defrost a box of four egg whites this week which didn’t get used in my cookery tutorial, I decided to use them to create a speedy Easter dessert – these Easter caramel meringue nests.
The caramel comes in the form of a caramel drizzle as well as caramel flavoured meringues, made by using light muscovado sugar. The only other ingredients are several packets of mini eggs and some freshly whipped vanilla cream. If you haven’t made meringues before, give them a go. They are as easy to make as whipping cream. All you need is an electric whisk or a food mixer. Just remember to whisk them on high speed. I find this creates the best result. It works a treat when making a meringue roulade too.
The recipe makes a large batch of meringues which could be enjoyed throughout the Easter weekend. Just fill as many as you want to eat and keep the rest in a tin or tupperware. Another idea would be to flavour your whipped cream. I like using Baileys, coffee extract or salted caramel sauce. The choice is yours, Happy Easter!
Here are some other excellent Easter treats from around the web:
Creme egg chocolate caramel shortbread – Kerry Cooks
Spiced Rum Easter chocolate cakes – Tin & Thyme
Easter chocolate bunny bum cake – Maison Cupcake
Creme egg meringue nests – Emily’s Recipes and Reviews
Chocolate Easter Nests – Amuse Your Bouche
Creme egg mini chocolate cheesecakes – Feeding boys
Creme egg, peanut butter & Nutella cake – Recipes from a pantry
I am linking up to Treat Petite (The Baking Explorer & Cake Boi), We Should Cocoa ( Lancashire Food and Tin & Thyme), Simply Eggcellent (Belleau Kitchen), Tea Time Treats (The Hedge Combers and Lavender & Lovage) and Aphabakes (The more than occasional baker and Caroline Makes).