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Strawberry Meringue Nests

  • prep: 30 mins
    total time: 2 hours
  • servings: 8




For the Meringues

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar

For the Filling

  • 2 pounds strawberries (to yield about 6 cups)
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 200 degrees with rack in lower third. Coat two baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray; line with parchment paper.

  2. Step 2

    With an electric mixer, beat egg whites with salt and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Very gradually beat in sugar, adding 1 tablespoon at a time; beat until stiff and glossy.

  3. Step 3

    Drop 8 mounds of meringue onto prepared baking sheets; twirl a teaspoon in the center of each to spread to a diameter of 4 inches and create a nest. Bake until dry but still white, about 1 1/2 hours, rotating baking sheets halfway through; let cool on sheets.

  4. Step 4

    Use a small paring knife to hull and quarter strawberries. In a bowl, toss strawberries with sugar; let stand, at least 30 minutes. Spoon into nests.

Martha Stewart Living, April 2004