Celebrate Easter in Style: Lemon Meringue Bird’s Nest

by Lauren

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In order to celebrate Easter in style we (as foodies) feel the need to create ridiculous treats that would be completely inappropriate and probably strange at any other time of the year. So we made Bird Nest Meringues with Lemon Curd Filling.

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Yikes, it almost looks as if the eggs cracked open in the nest a little too soon. I guess we didn’t think that one through very well.

Oh well, they are equally delicious if you disregard that visual.

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Speaking of bird’s nests, last year at about this time a little birdie began using Chrissy’s surfboard which was leaning against a wall outside as a perch for its nest – luckily mine was safely stored indoors.

We were deathly afraid of touching the board for fear of mama bird pecking our eyeballs out. I wish I had a picture of Chrissy’s attempt at gently moving the nest with a broom while wearing goggles.

Needless to say, surfing was put on hiatus until the little birdies hatched.

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In remembrance of our inadvertent pets from last Spring, we created these this year. Much more delicious and definitely non-intrusive.

Cute, huh? And oh so simple. Perhaps some strawberry jam or fresh fruit would be nice in these little nests too.

The options are endless!

Lemon Meringue Bird’s Nest

Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon curd
  • 1/2 cup coconut

Directions

Beat the egg whites, vanilla and lemon juice on medium speed until soft peaks form. Slowly incorporate sugar on high until stiff peaks form.

Fold in lemon zest.

Pipe 8 flat spirals on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Add another thick layer around of meringue around the outside edge to form a cup.

Sprinkle coconut around the meringue. It will toast up in the oven and become the color of a bird’s nest.

Bake at 275° for 45-50 minutes or until set and dry. Place a dollop of lemon curd in each cup.

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From the Little Yellow Kitchen,

Lauren

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22 Responses to “Celebrate Easter in Style: Lemon Meringue Bird’s Nest”

  1. These are so adorable! And look delicious :) I really need to get on this lemon curd thing. I’ve never made it but have been really wanting to give it a shot. Have a great holiday!

  2. Lauren

    Thank you! To be honest, I adore lemon curd but have never attempted to make it myself. My coworker made this jar for me :)

  3. Cute!! I love nest related easter-esque stuff. I made bird’s nest cupcakes :) Good job!

  4. If you enjoy cooking, try to make the Lemon Curd. Only takes a dozen eggs, lemons, sugar and butter. Just take your time cooking it (about 20 minutes) so it doesn’t curdle the eggs. It’s so gratifying to end up with 4 cups of creamy tangy lemon sauce to use in mini-tarts, fillings, over pound cake….. I’d be happy to share to recipe :))

  5. I LOVE meringues! And lemon curd! YUM, thanks for sharing:) If you wanted to get a chocolate fix you could just put a few mini Cadbury eggs in the center of each!

  6. Lauren

    Thanks Linda! Your lemon curd was GREAT for this recipe. I can’t wait to try making it on my own :) I’m sure it won’t be nearly as perfect as yours though!

  7. genius!

    submit these to the food sites, i.s. TS and FG. They are gonna get in!! Beautiful!!!

  8. Too cute! I love lemon curd. I’m trying to push out that broken egg visual you put it my head, but other than that, looks good! :)

  9. Lauren

    Thanks Averie! I just submitted, we’ll see if this one actually gets accepted :) Those guys are picky!

  10. Lauren

    Haha about that…sorry. I promise they taste delish!

  11. Hi! Those are the cutet Easter desserts I’ve ever seen!! Kudos ladies. You and your blog are fab-u-lous!!

  12. Lauren

    Hi Lucy! Thanks for stopping by. That is a great idea, or little robins eggs! Mmm. I also considered putting a peep on top to look like mother bird seated on her nest. heh!

  13. pucker-up! I love tart treats!!

  14. Wow! These look incredible! They’re beautiful and your photography is amazing! Great job thanks so much for sharing! =]

  15. These are fantastic! So festive and pretty and I bet delicious too! Happy Easter!

  16. These are adorable and I bet beyond tasty!! Such a fun way to serve up lemon meringue :)

  17. Lauren

    Thanks Maris :) They are quite festive!

  18. Lauren

    Thank you! We are still learning but getting much better at the photo thing.

  19. These look incredible!! And I would have never thought about the eggs cracking in the next if you didn’t say anything. Hehe, funny though :)

    Happy weekend!! :)

  20. Oh yum! Lemon curd is one of my favorite things. These sound delicious and they look beautiful.

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