Mini Pavlova Nests

March 28, 2013

Mini Pavlovas nests for Easter - what a cute and tasty idea!

Because I live in a northern region, March 21st not always represents the arrival of Spring. Since I have been living on this side of the world, Easter has actually been the bright day that personally marks springtime for me. Everyone dresses in pastel colors, bunnies are hoping, even eggs are dressed up with flowery decorations. How can someone not feel the joy of Spring? Easter is almost here and the beautiful eggs are symbol that Spring has definitely arrived – I am all cheery inside and out! But what else does the eggs symbolize? do you know? Eggs, are a symbol of  fertility,  rebirth and new beginnings. As eggs came to mean new life, in Christianity, it has come to represent the Resurrection. So celebrate what you believe and regardless of what that may be I wish that love always lives in your heart and that Cadbury eggs never die.

If you would like to support the existence of the creamy chocolaty Cadbury eggs, then you must try this recipe and use them as part of the decoration. What? Cadbury eggs are not your thing? I am so sorry for you. No worries, these tiny pavlova nests can hold, candy coated almonds, jelly beans or any other decoration of your choice.

To start making these cuties, you need to make my perfect meringue recipe, which can be found here. Then, with a spoon, drop a dollop of the meringue on a baking sheet and make an indentation on each drop with the back of the spoon. That’s how you build the nest! Bake them at 200 F for 50 minutes and they will be crisp and crunchy on the outside and chewy, light and soft on the inside.

Mini Pavlovas nests for Easter - what a cute and tasty idea!

To build a soft pillows for your baby eggs, you can fill the nests with whipped cream. Chocolate whipped cream in this case will make your nests look more real. Whip cream as usual and add cocoa powder in order to get instant chocolate flavor.

How to make chocolate whipped cream

To assemble, fill each meringue nest with a dollop of chocolate whipped cream, sprinkle with chocolate chips for texture and visual cuteness and place eggs on top. Then there is no need to wait, dig in and save some for others if you can.

Mini Pavlovas nests for Easter - what a cute and tasty idea!

These pavlova nests will look so beautiful in your Easter Sunday table. Too bad they wont last long.

Mini Pavlovas nests for Easter - what a cute and tasty idea!

What are original pavlovas?

A dessert consisting of a meringue base filled with whipped cream and fruit. The names comes after the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova.

Mini Pavlova Nests
 
yields about 15 nests (2 inch size)
Ingredients
  • For the meringue recipe, search meringue in our search bar
  • For the whipped cream
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • To decorate the nests
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Cadbury eggs or egg shape candy of your choice
Instructions
  1. Follow the meringue directions as given in the meringue recipe (search meringue in our search bar)
  2. Once your meringue is ready, preheat the oven at 200 F.
  3. In a baking sheet lined up with parchment paper drop small spoonfuls of meringue and use the back of the spoon to make an indent in the center. Another option is to use a piping bag and pipe small circles.
  4. Bake for 50 minutes.
  5. While meringues are baking, work on the chocolate whipped cream.
  6. To make the chocolate whipped cream, beat with an electric mixer the heavy whipping cream and add the powdered sugar and cocoa power.
  7. After your meringues have been in the oven for 50 minutes, turn off the oven and let them cool inside it.
  8. Once cool, transfer them to a serving plate.
  9. Fill each with chocolate whipped cream, top with sprinkles and egg shape candy of your choice.

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