Mini Meringues with Berries and Cream

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These Mini Meringues with Berries and Cream are one of my favourite desserts. I love the crunch of the meringue against the smooth cream and the sweet tang of the berry. Just bite and they will melt in your mouth. I serve them often and have found that meringues are loved by almost everyone. They are tantalisingly irresistible.

Mini Meringues with Berries and Cream are perfect when entertaining.

They are very simple to make. Prepare them several days in advance if necessary, store them in an airtight container and assemble them shortly before serving.

The meringues look very pretty when piled on a serving platter. They are so elegant they are almost too pretty to eat – well,   ……. almost! These mini meringues are extremely versatile. They are lovely served for morning or afternoon tea, perfect when served at a party and just right with after dinner coffee.

Regular readers will have noticed that I have a preference for “small bites” of food, whether sweet or savoury.

With these mini meringues, once you have made the cases you can personalise them, being limited only by your imagination. Use raspberries, mixed berries or kiwi fruit with the cream. Lemon butter and cream would also be delicious. Or, try a banoffee meringue; fill the cases with ready-made caramel, banana and cream. Oh my!

You can make the cases small as I have done as they are ideal finger food at a party. However, if you have a more formal occasion you could make them a little larger. I like to pipe the meringue for a pretty effect but the cases are equally lovely when dolloped onto baking paper and shaped by a teaspoon. One is rustic and the other is more formal – but they will taste the same either way.

Although meringues are simple to make, I have a few tips to ensure the best result.

Firstly, you will find it easier to separate the yolks and the whites when the eggs are cold. However, you will achieve maximum volume by whipping the whites at room temperature. Therefore, I suggest that after you separate the yolks and whites you set the whites aside for about 15 minutes for them to come to room temperature. A further tip and a very important one is that it is best to make meringues on a dry day; they do not like humidity. The sugar will absorb moisture from the air making it difficult to whip the whites to stiff peaks. The baked meringues will likely weep and become soft. Finally, before you start, make sure that the bowl and beaters are clean and grease-free.

Grease prevents the egg whites from whipping up properly, so it’s very important that everything is perfectly clean. The smallest speck of fat or egg yolk will ruin the meringue. Therefore, if a speck of yolk falls in when separating the egg, the best way to get it out is with an empty eggshell.

Despite Mini Meringues with Berries and Cream being one of my most popular desserts, they contain just 4 ingredients.

The meringues are made with just egg whites and sugar. I whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks.  Then I gradually add the sugar, whisking until the sugar has dissolved and the meringue has stiff peaks. I pipe or spoon the meringue onto prepared baking trays and bake in a low oven for about 50 minutes. Once the meringues are cool, I can store them for future use. When ready to serve them, I fill them with whipped cream and berries. Desserts are not easier than this. 

Meringues are very forgiving. If you find that some of yours have cracked, don’t worry, the filling will conceal any flaws. However, cooking at this low temperature really does help prevent them from cracking.

Berries not in season? You can always use frozen, or top with our Easy Strawberry Sauce!

Hosting a sit-down dinner party? Finish the meal with our Individual Lemon Curd Meringues.

I do hope that you will try these Mini Meringues with Berries and Cream. Your friends and family will thank you for it. Please let me know in the comments below if you do.

Enjoy!
Alex xx

P.S. For more mini desserts, have a look at my Mini Plum Tartlets and Chocolate Raspberry Tarts!

Mini Meringues with Berries and Cream
Mini Meringues with Berries and Cream. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.
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Mini Meringues with Berries and Cream

These crisp meringues are filled with whipped cream and topped with fresh berries. They’re so easy to make yet tantalisingly irresistible. Make them for your friends and family – they will love them.

Course Dessert
Cuisine International, Universal
Keyword berries, cream, delicious, dessert, easy, gluten free, meringues, mini meringues, simple, sweet
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 40 mini meringues
Calories 36 kcal
Author Alexandra

Ingredients

Meringues:

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 120 g caster/superfine sugar

Filling:

  • 1 cup whipping/thickened cream *
  • 250 g berries I used strawberries and blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 120 Degrees C (250F).

    Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

  2. Separate the egg yolks and whites. Save the egg yolks for another use.

    Place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer or use a bowl and hand-held electric beaters. Beat on low speed until soft peaks form.

  3. Gradually add the sugar*, a tablespoon at a time, increasing the speed of the beaters. Beat constantly until the sugar dissolves, the mixture is thick and glossy and the meringue has stiff peaks. 

  4. To check if the sugar has dissolved, rub a small amount of meringue between your thumb and a finger to check if it’s gritty or smooth. If it’s gritty you will need to beat a little longer. And yes, you will be able to safely hold the bowl above your head without the meringue falling out.

  5. Spoon the meringue into a piping bag fitted with a ½ cm-1cm/¼ “- ½” * small star nozzle.

  6. Starting at the centre, pipe the meringue onto a prepared baking tray into small circles about 3 ½ cm/1 ½“ in diameter. Continue piping and build the meringues to 3 layers high. Leave some space between the meringues.

  7. Bake for 50 minutes or until crisp.

    Turn the oven off. Leave the meringues to cool in the oven.

    Store the meringues in an airtight container.

  8. Filling:

    Whip the cream in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Or, use hand-held electric beaters, whip until the cream has firm peaks and it is strong enough to hold its shape*.

  9. Spoon some cream into each meringue case.

  10. Decorate with the berries or fruit of your choice.

    Mini Meringues with Berries and Cream. A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

Recipe Notes

*Gradually adding the sugar ensures that you do not destroy the aeration of the whites that you have achieved through whisking, keeping them light and fluffy.
*I made small meringue nests, my star nozzle was ½ cm. If you’re making larger nests you may want to use a larger piping nozzle.
*It is not necessary to pipe the meringue. Just spoon the meringue onto a baking tray. Use a teaspoon to make an indent in the centre.
*Australian whipping/thickened creams contain 35% milk fat.
*Do not over-whip the cream or you will end up with butter.
* I have not added sugar to the cream as I feel the meringues are sufficiently sweet.

Nutrition Facts
Mini Meringues with Berries and Cream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 36 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 10mg0%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 3g3%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 4mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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234 Comments on “Mini Meringues with Berries and Cream”

  1. Pingback: No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream - It's Not Complicated Recipes

  2. if theres one thing i struggle with, it’s making merignues! you make it look so easy they look perfect i shall have to keep trying i will try your recipe thanks

  3. OMG girl! I am a lover of merengues! They taste so good. You find them in any supermarket with or without sprinkles. These ones looks even more good and healthy. thanks for sharing.

  4. 5 stars
    This looks so delicious! Could definitely go for a small and sweet dessert like this! Can’t wait to try it myself

  5. Firstly, you will find it easier to separate the yolks and the whites when the eggs are cold. However, you will achieve maximum volume by whipping the whites at room temperature. Therefore, I suggest that after you separate the yolks and whites you set the whites aside for about 15 minutes for them to come to room temperature. A further tip and a very important one is that it is best to make meringues on a dry day; they do not like humidity.
    I´m was always so scared of baking sweets because every time I do, something goes wrong. It seems like baking is so much more exact and complicated than anything else in the kitchen and tips like these can save the day!
    Thank you for sharing every little detail, it can make all the difference!

  6. These look so easy and yummy! I think I’ll have to buy the merangs this time round as oven broke a couple of weeks ago and still needs to be fixed! But these make for quick desserts on days you dont know what to make to satisfy your sweet tooth! Thank you for sharing.

    Dimitra | from https://livedreamcreate-d.com

  7. 5 stars
    These look incredible! I will have to make these for our gender reveal next month! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  8. 5 stars
    These look so delicious! And the ingredients seem to be gluten-free free! It’s so hard to find good gluten-free dessert recipes. Thank you!

    1. Hey Kristy! This sure is GF – and be sure to check out my other recipes – nearly all of them are GF, or have the option to be 😉 Enjoy!

  9. These meringues look like the perfect thing to serve when you’re trying to impress someone! At least for me, they do. I’ve always thought of meringues as being super fancy!

  10. 5 stars
    I haven’t made meringues in ages! These look absolutely fantastic with the fresh berries. We’ll be heading into fresh berry season here soon, and I absolutely can’t wait. I’m putting this recipe on the agenda for as soon as possible! 🙂

    1. 5 stars
      Oh it looks so cute..! These goodies looks so perfect for mini parties.. My friends will love this.

  11. 5 stars
    Such a great idea! I also love making anything mini – whenever I make cupcakes or cookies I always make some mini versions, and keep them in the freezer to use for “coffee candy” whenever I entertain. Always a hit!

  12. My sweet tooth is activated already. It just makes my mouth water by just seeing it. i cannot wait to try some with my favorite coffee.

  13. Oh Alex, these meringues are so cute. They actually look like permanent decorations. I love the way that they are bite-sized. The fact that you used fresh fruit is definitely a winner. They are so versatile that I need to try them with my daughter.

  14. 5 stars
    That hasn’t crossed my mind before.. I was too satisfied with the sweetness of a meringue alone.

  15. These seem amazing. I love the fact that you can eat them any time. The photos really bring out the deliciousness!

  16. 5 stars
    Wow, these meringue recipe is so unique, this will definitely satisfy my sweet tooth..! Love it..

  17. 5 stars
    I’m sure my son will like Mini Meringues with Berries and Cream and will be perfect for any time of the day. Thank you so much for sharing this easy recipe for me to try.

  18. 5 stars
    Yours look like perfection I must say. Only four ingredients is very great not too much going on it must taste very light.

  19. 5 stars
    How yummy! I love desserts and seems the mini meringues will too become my favorite dessert if I manage to make them as great. The berries on top make it so appealing.

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  21. 5 stars
    I love meringues and I am sure that this recipe of yours is so delicious, I will definitely try this at home.

  22. Those look so great. I will save your post and will make them when I am hosting my next book club meeting.

  23. 5 stars
    So you are back again with again another unique recipe. Thats super. It looks so delicious and that too gluten free. Really appreciated. I wonder where from you find such amazing recipes.

  24. 5 stars
    I love meringues, but I’ve never done them on my own! It’s time to change it! They’re perfect for the afternoon coffee time. 🙂

  25. 5 stars
    White meringues are so cute..! Oh I love how these look so much..! So perfect for mini parties, love it..!

  26. 5 stars
    I love meringues, they are so delicious and so easy to make. Topped with berries, they are definitely a great summer dessert.

  27. The combination of sweetness and fruitiness is complimentary to each other. This is a fun dessert to make. Just watch out for your sugar I suppose.

    1. Hi Hannah, one of the reasons that I make mini meringues is that I can enjoy a sweet treat without too much guilt. I just have to exercise self-control – not always easy ha ha. 🙂 🙂

  28. I love how dainty those meringues look like, yummy and delicious! Thanks for sharing it to us.

  29. I very bad in baking but I like your simple recipes. I can. Try on it this weekend. And the Meringue looks so delicious.

  30. 5 stars
    That is quiet a complicated recipe but the way you have explained it looks like it is very simple to make. I am going to give it a shot.

  31. 5 stars
    It looks easy but it’s actually a little bit difficult to make meringues, for me I guess. I love how you can pair it up with different fruits and berries you want.

  32. 5 stars
    For sure Meringue is one of our family favorite sweet. I often make this with my kids over the weekends as a family activity. I’m sure they are going to love this. Thx!

  33. 5 stars
    These meringues are so cute..! I really don’t imagine topping fruits on meringues, such a great idea..!

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