Valentine’s Day… Okay, okay, I heard the groans and please stop with the eye rolls, you’re scaring me. I’m well aware that not everyone celebrates Valentine’s Day and a lot wish the day would go away entirely. February is a shorter month anyway, what’s one day?
I’m not overly fussed about the whole thing either, neither is Cameron, we may go to Pizza Express this year, more just to go out for dinner than because of the specific day… Plus, they have heart shaped dough balls!
Either way, we don’t go overboard on the occasion and I tend to long for it to be over sooner just so all the chocolate gets discounted! I’m here to share with you today a way for you to ‘survive’ Valentine’s Day in one step by providing you with one thing – dessert!
Whether you’re alone on Valentine’s, spending it with friends or with a partner, you can’t really go wrong with a yummy, sugar filled dessert so I figured this is a good idea. Plus, if you are on your own, why not do something which makes you feel good and just celebrate loving yourself! So, here’s a post full of pink sugary goodness which will make you forget if you’re alone or not… You’re welcome!
I also think these make pretty spectacular presents for someone too! Who could resist?
How To Make Valentine’s Themed Meringue Nests:
This recipe is super super simple and leaves you with meringue nests so pink and wonderful that you won’t be able to resist them. You may have seen my previous meringue themed post at Christmas but if you didn’t be sure to check it out here.
This recipe made four heart shaped meringue nests and some small meringue kisses, you can always double it if you want to make more.
2 egg whites.
100g caster sugar.
Red food colouring.
- Pre-heat your oven to 100°C / 80°C fan. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper and pencil out two heart shapes on each piece. Flip the paper over so the side you drew on it on the bottom, don’t worry, you will still be able to see the outlines.
- Put your 2 egg whites in a bowl and whisk on a low speed till foamy, increase the speed until the whites form firm peaks.
- Add the caster sugar a tablespoon at a time, making sure it is all whisked in before adding more. Whisk until the meringue is smooth, glossy and forms stiff peaks.
- If you’re feeling brave you should be able to turn the bowl of meringue upside down when it is ready and nothing will fall out.
- Drizzle red food colouring down the inside of the piping bag, as much or as little as you want. (It does not have to be really neat!)
- Fill your piping bag with meringue-goodness and pipe your heart shape nests. Start with the outline then fill in the middle making sure to not leave any gaps.
- Any left over mix pipe into meringue kisses.
- Bake in the oven for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Once the timer goes off, turn the oven off but do NOT open the door. Let the meringues cool completely before opening the oven – I tend to leave them for a good few hours to make sure they’re ready. They may crack if you open the oven too early.
The Final Touches:
- For the final few steps to making your amazing dessert, take your double cream and whip it. Go slowly and as soon as it starts to thicken use a large spoon to fold the mix – if you whip it for too long or too fast you may end up with butter! No one wants that!
- Put whipped cream on top of your heart shaped nest (you can pipe it if you wish).
- Add chocolate coated strawberry halves to the top and serve.
- Use up the remaining strawberries by dipping them in chocolate – not essential to the dessert but they make a VERY tasty treat!
So, there we have it! If you’re celebrating Valentine’s with a significant other or not celebrating it and wishing for it to end, why not whip up this tasty treat to keep you company! I obviously had to do a taste test and well… it was love at first bite!
Let me know if you celebrate the occasion and whether you will be making these naughty little treats in the comments below! Thanks for reading!
All photography featured in this blog post are my own.