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For years I said that meringue desserts were not for me. I thought they were no more than sweetened air, and I would always pick something else (like chocolate mousse) if I had a choice. Well it turns out I was wrong. Meringue desserts can be utterly delightful. Their simplicity makes them the perfect vehicle for flavor, with a delightful crunch that melts into a lingering sweetness in your mouth. Even better they can be used for everything from an assorted cookie platter to an elegant plated dessert. They are, in some ways, the little black dress of the dessert world.

These lime curd filled coconut meringue nests are the height of elegance. The sweet crunch of the meringue is perfectly offset by the tanginess of the lime curd and the fresh berries, while the coconut brings the flavors together. The combination of coconut and lime always make me feel just a bit like I’m on an exotic island vacation, which makes it feel much more indulgent. They are the perfect light spring dessert, a welcome end for a heavy Passover meal, but also light enough they would be great for Easter brunch. They are especially great for entertaining because all the components can be made in advance so all that is left to do on the day of the event is fill and serve.

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