Meringue Nests with Mango Mousse & Blueberries

Makes 6-8 Nests (depending on size)

   
For the Meringues:
4 extra-large egg whites, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
   
For the Mango Mousse:
1 large, ripe mango, peeled and sliced
1-2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 cup whipping cream
   
Blueberries for garnish
    
First make the meringues; preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a small glass and a pencil, draw 4 3 1/2-inch circles on each piece of paper. Turn the paper face down on the baking sheets.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt on high speed until foamy. Slowly add 2/3 cup of the sugar and continue beating on high speed until the egg whites form very stiff peaks. Whisk in the vanilla. Carefully fold the remaining 1/3 cup sugar into the meringue. With a large star - shaped pastry tip (or a small one, we didn't have a large one) pipe a disk of meringue inside each circle. Pipe another layer or 2 around the edge to form the sides of the shells.

Bake for 2 hours, or until the meringues are dry and crisp but not browned. Turn off the heat and allow the meringues to sit in the oven for 2-4 hours.

For the mango mousse, puree mango slices in a blender until smooth. In an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the cream until firm peaks form. Gently fold the mango puree and whipped cream together. Add sugar to taste (depends on sweetness and ripeness of the mango...and your preference). 

Plate each meringue separately, and fill each nest with a heaping spoon of mango mousse and top with blueberries. Serve immediately.

Note: Store the mousse and meringues separately in air tight containers (the mousse in the fridge) until ready to serve so they don't get soggy.

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