Meringue Birds’ Nests


6 individual desserts



About this Recipe

Recipe from Bake with Anna Olson
by Random House, 2016

A dessert such as this can be made a full day ahead and assembled right before serving. Meringue nests make a lovely shell to hold whatever fruit are in season, and are also a great replacement for a pastry shell, if you are not pastry-inclined. They also happen to be gluten-free.

While this recipe calls for a whipped cream filling, feel free to make variations by filling with a lemon curd or perhaps a homemade berry jam.



  • 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • ¾ tsp cream of tartar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar


  • ¾ cup whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mixed fresh berries

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 300°F. Trace 6 circles, each 2-inches across and with at least 2 inches between them using marker on parchment paper, then flip the paper over onto a baking tray.

Step 2

Whip the egg whites and cream of tartar first on low speed, then once the whites are foamy increase the speed and slowly pour in the sugar while whipping. Continue to whip until the whites on high speed until they hold a stiff peak when beaters are lifted.

Step 3

Fill a piping bag fitted with a large star tip with the meringue and pipe circles within the lines drawn on the parchment, completely filling the circles. Pipe a ring of meringue on top of the outside edge, creating the “nest” effect, spiraling up to about 2-inches above the base.

Step 4

Place the meringues into the oven and immediately reduce the temperature to 275F. Bake the meringues for 45 to 65 minutes (this timing will be impacted by the outdoor temperature and humidity, making the meringues take longer if it is humid or warm out). If you find that the meringues are starting to brown, crack open the oven door and continue to bake. Cool the meringues completely to room temperature on the baking tray, then gently lift to store in an airtight container until ready to serve.