Friday, December 2, 2011

Recipe Swap ~ Dessert!!!

And for the holiday, on my National Cooking Board, we had a Thanksgiving Dessert Swap!I gave in my Pumpkin S'mores Bars & recieved this ridiculously DELICIOUS recipe for Meringue Nests from Ashley at Cheese Curd in Paradise. I changed up the Lemon curd to egg nog custard for the season & we were in heaven!!! I use the same custard for my Egg Nog Custard Pie.

My mom-in-law said the meringue "melted in her mouth". I thought it was exquisite!!!

Meringue is so easy, don't be afraid to make it! *Lishie tips~The key is in the room temperature egg whites & the slow addition of the sugar. 

Thank you so much,  Ashley!!! I will definitely be making it with the lemon curd as well.
<3 Lishie

Meringue Nests with Egg Nog Custard

Meringue Nests
recipe by

3 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup sugar

Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Beat the egg whites, vanilla and cream of tartar on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form.

Drop meringue into eight mounds on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Shape into 3-in. cups with the back of a spoon. Or, place meringue mixture in pastry bag fitted with star tip. Pipe meringue onto parchment paper to form eight 3-in. cups.

Bake at 275° for 45-50 minutes or until set and dry. Turn off oven and do not open door; leave meringues in oven for 1 hour. Fill with lemon curd and fruit. Yield: 8 servings.

Egg Nog Custard
adapted from All
via DeLish

In a medium saucepan, combine pudding mix, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, and egg nog; mix well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat. Transfer mixture to a large bowl, cover, & refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.

Assembly: Spoon egg nog custard carefully into meringue nest & complete it all with a sprinkle of fresh, grated nutmeg! 


  1. These look awesome. I'm so glad they were a hit. I'm totally intimidated by the idea of a meringue since I don't bake often, but this sounds easy. :)

    Thanks for being part of the recipe swaps!

  2. Lishie, these Meringue Nests with your Egg Nog Custard look simply divine! AND I bet they taste even better! This a brilliant holiday treat. Thanks so much for sharing this. You are a Superstar Chef!