Individual Pavlova Nests are filled with fresh whipped cream and topped with an assortment of fruits. Add this delicate meringue nests to your Easter brunch dessert menu!
Individual Pavlova Nests
The first time I made pavlova was for Ashley’s birthday celebration several years back, and it has been my go to dessert recipe when I want something that is special, looks impressive, and satisfies the sweet tooth without going overboard.
Pavlovas have all of those qualities and are surprisingly easy to make.
I understand that there is a a debate as to where the dessert originated. Both Australia and New Zealand claims to be the original creators back in the 1920’s and 30’s.
New Zealand says that the dessert was created in honor of the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova during one of her tours, and Australia claims that the dessert was invented much earlier by a hotel chef in Perth.
Regardless, the dessert is mostly known by it’s name Pavlova, although I also call this delicate meringue nests.
Let’s just agree to call this sweet little treat scrumptious 🙂
The fun part about baking meringue is that once the egg whites are stiff you can pretty much shape them to whatever form you want before baking. Instead of making one large shell like I did in this Easy Pavlova Dessert.
I opted for small nests that holds pillows of fresh whipped cream and fresh fruits.
The meringue has a crunchy shell that melts in your mouth once you take a bite, and although these are delicate looking, they’re hearty enough to be picked up with your fingers.
I suggest using a fork to eat the fruit, and then pick up the little nest with your hands to finish it off.
Fillings for Pavlova
Get creative by adding a variety of fillings to mini pavlovas:
- lemon curd – Easy filling with fresh lemon juice adding a slight tang to the sweet curd.
- berry sauce – Simple sauce with three different berries.
- Fresh Whipped Cream
- Mascarpone Cream
- Fresh fruit assortment
Want More Ideas? Try this delicious Strawberry Mousse Recipe
Individual Pavlova Nests
Delicate meringue nests filled with whipped cream and topped with fresh fruit.
- 5 Egg Whites
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar, superfine (blend regular sugar if you don't have superfine)
Whipped Cream Filing
- 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons, powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-3 cups assorted fruits (I used the fruit from this Fresh Fruit Salad
The nests can be made and stored in airtight containers for several days before serving. The whipped cream filling can be made a day before filling the nests. Assemble right before enjoying, so the whipped cream does not soften the meringue nests.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 2gSugar: 22gProtein: 2g
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Nice individual pavlova nests, berry sauce is my favorite
My friend made these for a girls white elephant event back in December and I still can’t get them off my mind. They were so good I had to hold myself back from eating them all! Haha
I want to be invited to your white elephant party! haha – glad you enjoyed these little bites of heaven!
Could you please clarify whether degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit for your readers in the recipe? I burnt my beautiful nests after presuming the temperature was in Celsius! Such a shame!
Hi Isabel! Darn it! So sorry to read this. Yes, all the recipes on The Foodie Affair are Fehrenheit. Gosh, wouldn’t a universal temperature rating be the best?
Complete DISASTER !!! 225,I thought was a bit high,so cut it down to 200 .Was then informed that 225 was Farenheit ,my oven is Celsius…..
This is not clear in the reciepe.
Oh no, Joan. I’m so sorry that happened to you.
Oh these look perfect for a Spring dessert. I had not heard of pavlova before but I do understand a meringue confection. I’m looking forward to the Mother’s Day brunch I plan and these would be bite size fun.
Michelle @ The Complete Savorist
These looks so elegant. Delicious too.
Yes! Lemon curd would be fabulous!
I was intimidated too, Christine! It’s like making whipped cream though. EASY and worth the few minutes it takes to whip the egg whites!
I was just trying to make whipped cream today and now I see what I was missing! Off to the store to get cream of tartar and make your gorgeous pavlova nests!
Once you get the hang of it, it’s super easy! Glad to know you’re giving this recipe a try 🙂
The Food Hunter
what a pretty presentation!
Thanks! I really had fun placing each piece of fruit on top 🙂
Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama
This is a perfect dessert for Easter! Love you mini-sized pavlova! 🙂 So pretty too…
Thank you, Carrie! I can’t wait to share these again on Easter!
Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads
I totally have to try these! Looks like something I’d love!!
Pavlovas are so light and airy. You will love these, Sheena!
These are so elegant looking and a great dessert for a dinner party!
Yes, these make quite a pretty dessert for company. These would be nice to serve at a bridal or baby shower.
I love pavlovas. Yours are so pretty and look delicious.
Thank you, Christie! Every time I make these I say to myself that I need to make them more often!
These do not work, I tried the recipe exactly how it is written, it didn’t thicken at all
Hi Heidi, I would love to trouble shoot with you to see what could have been the issue. I’ve made these several times without any problem. Email me if you get a chance.
These are SO pretty! and they sound amazing! I love the fresh fruit on top! just perfect!
You are so sweet. Thanks 🙂
Sarah @ the magical slow cooker
I’ve never had these, they look so decadent. Such a pretty dessert!
Ohhh, you need to try these soon, Sarah! I love ’em
Ooh, individual ones! I love it! Large ones look so gorgeous until you start serving it up, then it’s just a big mess! Yes, I am all for individual sized ones 🙂
PS We made it. It’s from Australia! 😉 He he!
haha! I have more readers from Australia, than New Zealand…you win 🙂
Michele @ Flavor Mosaic
I love these beautiful pavlova nests! What a wonderful idea. This would be perfect for us.
Thanks, Michele! I love mini food items. Cuteness factor counts in my eyes 🙂
So very pretty, love it. Great that the nest can be made a few days ahead.
Would surely be great for dessert. I love the fruits and the fresh whipped cream!
Fresh whipped cream is so darn good! I rarely buy the re-made kind because making it yourself is so easy and tastes better!