Blueberry Filled Mini Pavlovas (Meringue Nests)

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Blueberry Filled Mini Pavlovas (Meringue Nests). ……and they’re just in time for Easter, are they not?

Blueberry Filled Mini Pavlovas (Meringue Nests) (10) This lovely little treat has been on the list of things that I want to try for way too long because, every time I’ve wanted to actually make it, I keep getting caught in the indecision of whether to make a huge one or to make it in minis.

Blueberry Filled Mini Pavlovas (Meringue Nests) (3) As you can see I finally stopped messing around and just did it, decided on the minis. I could have left it at calling these ‘meringues’ but the truth is that I kind of just wanted to say Pavlova. Try it, it’s so much fun to say; Pavlova, Pavlova, Pavlova! Of course I can’t say it all Russian-ly like Lela can. Being born in Ukraine, she can say it with an authentic Russian accent that my tongue will seriously never get the hang of. I can’t figure out some of the sounds of the language are even possible to pronounce. Honestly, some of them sound closer to gags than syllables to my ears. A random tidbit of fact; the name Pavlova comes from a Russian ballerina that the full-size original of this dessert was named after. (Thank you Wikipedia for your endless depths of mostly useless knowledge.)

Blueberry Filled Mini Pavlovas (Meringue Nests) (4) I figured since our berry season is almost over here its high time I got in some more recipes using them as the star. I’ll have a few more coming soon, just to let you know, so get excited! Oh that reminds me, okay speaking of exciting things to come…… I feel it’s incumbant upon me to divulge the fact that I received a rather wonderful birthday gift that I think you’ll share in my excitement about. Drumroll, please……………It’s a deep-fryer!!! I think Brock is more excited than just about anyone though, I mean hello, there’s the prospect of french fries on the table here and he’s a salty snack junky, but everyone was pretty happy about my gift, to say the least.

Blueberry Filled Mini Pavlovas (Meringue Nests) (5) Yeah, and I can’t fail to remember that we have some really close friends that are going to be thrilled about my plans to try fried ice cream in the very near future. Apparently I’ve never lived because it’s something I’ve yet to taste, so I’m all over this challenge. So happening. What about you, are you guys game? I’m thinking Cinco de Mayo would be a perfect occasion for it (despite the fact that I don’t even know any Mexicans). It’s a plan!

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 You’ll have to excuse another one of my frequent ADHD moments, sorry, back to point. Pavlovas;

Blueberry Filled Mini Pavlovas (Meringue Nests) (7) Alright, I know these might seem like some complex dessert to make but they’re really, really simplistic you guys. I mean basically, all you’re doing is cooking down some berries and adding some sugar. Then you beat the snot out of some sweetened egg whites for about 5 years (not really) and then dry them out on a low temp in the oven. Okay, so there are a few more details in there, but you’ve got the idea, right? And I know you’ve got this thing, so what are you waiting for? Go make Pavlova!

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Blueberry Filled Mini Pavlovas (Meringue Nests)

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: about 18 pavlovas


  • 5 fresh egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • Filling:
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries, plus more for topping if desired
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 200 F (95C) and line a baking tray with parchment. Combine egg whites and cream of tartar in a mixing bowl fitted with whisk attachment. Whip until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes, then add in sugar slowly while whipping. Beat until combined then add vanilla and salt. Fill a large star tipped pastry bag and pipe nest shapes, about 3 inches in diameter, of meringue onto prepared pan (or drop large spoonfuls with a spoon). Place pan in oven to dry for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until crisp. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
  2. Filling:
  3. Melt butter in a medium to large saucepan over medium high heat and add blueberries. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until they begin to split open and it starts to look like jelly. Add the lemon juice and sugar and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer, still stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes until the it has begun to thicken.
  4. Whisk cornstarch and water in a small dish until smooth, then pour into pan and stir well as the filling begins to thicken (if it becomes too thick you may need to add a few more tablespoons of water). Remove from heat and cool completely.
  5. Pavlovas:
  6. When the meringue nests are done and filling is cooled, fill each one with a spoonful of filling and additional fresh blueberries on top if desired. Serve immediately.

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  1. says

    I just learned the history of Pavlovas! For some reason whenever I see the word I also think of Pavlov’s Dog. I’m so glad you chose to do the minis – also less risk of cracking! Now I just wanna make ’em and fill the mini pavs with all the spring/summer fruits :DDD


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