Paleo chocolate meringue nests via www.clairekcreations.com

Sometimes I think I have an over-active mind. It seriously never stops ticking. ‘I wonder if that would work with that?’ ‘What would be a good name for this?’ ‘Why do those have those?’

It’s constantly coming up with new ideas, questions, things I should do, it never ends. Add Ollie to the mix of distractions and it’s a wonder how I get anything done. Actually the other day the oven ‘pre-heated’ for an hour before I actually got the cake I was baking into it but that’s a different story.

One thing I have been pondering for a while is whether meringue would work with coconut sugar. If you can make toffee out of agave (recipe to come) then I didn’t see why it wouldn’t work. I also liked the idea of creating a Paleo meringue. Not for me but I’m sure there are a lot of Paleo-diet (or do I have to say Paleo-lifestyle?) people out there who would love a meringue.

Paleo chocolate meringue nests via www.clairekcreations.com

I made these the same as you would any meringue, starting with whipping the egg white then slowly adding the coconut sugar and cream of tartar then folded through the cacao.

The consistency seemed spot on for meringues and they piped beautifully so into the oven they went and I crossed my fingers.

Paleo chocolate meringue nests via www.clairekcreations.com

An hour and a bit later I pulled out the tray, took one off and let it cool then bit it. It tasted rich and decadent but it was so chewy it was almost like eating gum. Back into the oven they went. An hour later I took them all out and left the tray on the bench to cool.

I’ll let you in on a little secret, I’m not exaggerating when I say I ate nearly half the tray after taking my first bite and had to remind myself to save some for the shoot. The consistency isn’t quite light and fluffy like refined-sugar meringues – these are more like a light biscuit but my goodness they are good.

Paleo chocolate meringue nests via www.clairekcreations.com

I topped them with whipped coconut cream and berries and they were a delicious little sweet treat or bite for after dinner when you don’t want a full dessert. If you’re not keen on adding the toppings these make a delicious treat just on their own too or lovely gift wrapped up in a cello bag. Enjoy!

What about you? Where does your mind wander to?

Craving more chocolate? My chocolate mud cake recipe is also super delicious.

Paleo chocolate meringue nests via www.clairekcreations.com

ps this is how tricky it is now getting to do a photo shoot when Ollie is awake. Talk about Mr adventurous. My set up is a couch with the cushions removed and a piece of wood across the arms (I know super pro!) and he now loves climbing in underneath. Can make getting a clear shot a bit tricky when you have an earthquake underneath.

Paleo chocolate meringue nests via www.clairekcreations.com

Paleo chocolate meringue nests

Paleo chocolate meringue nests

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 egg whites at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao
  • whipped cream or coconut cream and berries to serve

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 120C(248F) fan-forced.
  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  3. Beat the egg whites in an electric mixer together with the cream of tartar until soft peaks form.
  4. Add the sugar one tablespoon at a time. Continue beating until the mixture is smooth.
  5. Add the cacao and whisk just until mixed in.
  6. Spoon the batter into a piping bag fitted with a star tip then pipe little ‘nests’ onto the tray.
  7. Turn the oven down to 90C fan-forced and bake the meringues for 2.5 hours then take the tray out of the oven and leave the meringues to cool completely on the bench.
  8. To serve, top with whipped cream (or coconut cream) and berries and dust with extra cacao.

Notes

Meringue nests will keep for up to a week in an air-tight container.

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