Marvelous Meringues by Wild Poppy Bistro & Bakery

wild poppy meringue nestsMeringue Nests by Wild Poppy Bistro & Bakery

There can never be too much love in the world. Wild Poppy Bistro & Bakery celebrates and spreads that love by sharing this recipe!


  • 4 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/2 TSP vanilla extract
  • 1/4 TSP cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 cups assorted berries
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 TBSP confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 TSP vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 200F.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, beat egg whites, vanilla, and cream of tartar with a mixer at medium speed until foamy.
  4. Increase mixer speed to high, and beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until glossy and stiff peaks form.
  5. Drop meringue into eight mounds on prepared pans.
  6. Using the back of a spoon, shape meringue into nests. Roughly 1 inch high and 4 inches wide.
  7. Bake for 1 hour.
  8. Turn oven off and leave meringues in oven with door closed overnight to dry out.
  1. With an electric mixer whip together cream, sugar, and vanilla extract until soft peaks form.
  2. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Makes 8 servings

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Wild Poppy Bistro & Bakery

A must-visit destination for anyone who loves fabulous baking – full stop!
(Closed Sundays, Mondays & Stat Holidays)

Wild Poppy serves savoury breakfasts and light lunches with soup, baguettes and everything you could ask for in a deli – all from documented to be gluten-free, peanut-free ingredients. Nut-free and vegan options available.

Daily Specials – with delicious photos – are posted on their Facebook page!

Find Wild Poppy just one quick block off the Trans Canada Highway 1 in Ladysmith – turn left at the Buller Street lights. Click here for map.

Hours: Tues-Fri 8-5 Sat 8-4 Closed Sundays, Mondays & Stat Holidays • 250-924-8696

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Testimonial: “We had Madeline’s cousin visiting from Halifax for a couple weeks. When we toured them up to Chemainus/Ladysmith all eight of us (one celiac) enjoyed a delicious meal at Wild Poppy. We had to have take out as the restaurant was full. Wonderful to see.”

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“After every bite, Sophie said, “Yum! Best eggs I’ve ever had.”

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As co-owners of the Old Town (Wheat) Bakery at 510 1st Avenue in Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, Kate Cram and husband Geoff could easily be considered local celebrities!  As an ‘Associate with the Culinary Institute of America‘ who also undertook to certify as a Red Seal Baker in Canada, Kate is truly baker’s baker!

Watch the video that tells the tale of these husband and wife bakeries. Wild Poppy starts at the 3 minute, 15 second mark!

Two children later, Kate and Geoff’s young sons began to experience persistent health issues that had them resorting to a gluten-free diet in search of relief.  The improvement was nothing short of remarkable and a heads up to Kate that gluten may be taking a toll on her own health. The couple found themselves at a professional and personal cross roads with Kate contemplating the end of a career she loved, and their children unable to  set foot within the family business.

That’s how Wild Poppy Bakery and Bistro was born!