(Family Features) – It’s tough to top the joy of a spring morning spent celebrating with family, enjoying a delicious brunch or snacking on sweet treats. With warmer weather and bright sunshine comes plenty of opportunities to enjoy favorite recipes.
Celebrating the season with eggs can bring loved ones together in the kitchen and beyond, from crafting classic desserts to serving up new delights. Plus, the versatility of eggs allows for nearly countless creations.
Boiled, scrambled, poached, baked and any other way you like them, eggs can be your kitchen superhero. As a natural source of vitamins and minerals, they’re a delicious protein powerhouse with just 70 calories per large egg.
Make the celebration truly memorable with the power of eggs in a sweet dessert like these Meringue Nests with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream and Strawberries, a perfect option for topping off a brunch feast or an afternoon meal.
Find more spring recipe ideas and ways to celebrate the season at incredibleegg.org.
Meringue Nests with Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream and Strawberries
Recipe courtesy of the American Egg Board and Sam Adler (@frostingandfettucine)
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 6 hours
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
6 large eggs
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (or 1 vanilla bean, scraped)
1/2 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
To make meringue nests: Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. On parchment paper-lined baking sheet, spread sugar evenly and bake 5-7 minutes to slightly heat. Remove sugar from oven then increase oven temperature to 225 degrees F.
Carefully separate egg whites from yolks completely. In bowl of hand or stand mixer fitted with whip attachment, whisk egg whites on medium-low speed until foamy about 1 minute.
Slowly add sugar 2-3 tablespoons at a time and mix on medium speed 2 minutes between each addition. Sugar needs to be completely mixed into egg whites to ensure success. Continue mixing on medium until mixed through and meringue does not feel gritty.
Add cream of tartar, vanilla extract and cornstarch. Increase to high speed and beat until stiff peaks form.
On two parchment paper-lined baking sheets, pipe or spread meringue with spoon into six 4-inch circular “nests.”
Bake 1 hour, 15 minutes then turn off oven and let meringues cool without opening oven for at least 4 hours or overnight. The USDA recommends egg dishes be cooked to 160 degrees F.
To make garnish: When ready to serve, in clean mixing bowl fitted with whip attachment, whip heavy whipping cream on medium speed. Slowly add sugar and vanilla. Continue mixing on high speed 2-3 minutes until stiff peaks form.
Dollop whipped cream on meringue nests and top with sliced strawberries.