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
- 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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