Being able to make meringue nests is one of the jobs I wish I had learned years ago.
Now that I know how to do it, making all sorts of meringues is now quite easy. For this recipe you can use a piping bag, or if you don’t have one, just pop your meringue mix onto your making paper and use the back of a spoon to form peaks.
This will take around 30 – 45 minutes to dry in the over if the nests are small, but one large pavlova size meringue will take up to an hour and a half to dry out in the oven, and then it has to be left to cool.
The vinegar is in all my meringue recipes and will be forever more. It helps to stabilise it, and the chances of it collapsing are greatly reduced, although meringues are by their nature, crumbly and light.