Pavlova

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Pavlova is a light, elegant meringue dessert piled high with whipped cream and fresh fruits. Its dramatic presentation is perfect for special occasions such as weddings, showers, picnics, or even romantic dinners for two.
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 60 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°F. Prepare a sheet of parchment paper by tracing a 9" round cake pan with a pencil to create a circle. Flip the paper pencil-side down and place on a baking sheet. You should still be able to see the circle outline through the paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt and the cream of tartar on medium-high speed until soft peaks form.
  3. Combine the Baker's Special sugar and cornstarch and slowly add it to the whites as you continue to beat. The mixture will thicken and turn glossy. Beat for about 1 more minute.
  4. Spread the meringue on the parchment, staying within the circle. Use about 1 1/4 cups meringue to pipe a tall border around the edge of the meringue in the circle. When baked, this will form a ring to keep the cream and fruit from spilling over.
  5. Bake for 1 hour. Turn off the oven and leave the door closed. Cool the meringue in the oven for at least another hour, or up to overnight. The pavlova will color slightly from white to light tan. Small cracks are normal.
  6. Up to an hour before serving, combine the heavy cream with the confectioners' sugar and whip until thickened. Pile the whipped cream into the center of the cooled pavlova and top with sliced fresh fruit.
  7. You can make the pavlova any size up to 9". Smaller pavlova make very romantic desserts for special dinners.
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Pavlova

Pavlova

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Yield: 8

Pavlova

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup egg whites, at room temperature (from about 4 eggs)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoo

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    In a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (or using a hand mixer), whip the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt in a clean, dry bowl until foamy. Add the granulated sugar, cornstarch, vinegar, and vanilla and continue whipping until stiff, smooth and glossy, about 8 minutes more. On a sheet of parchment paper cut to fit a sheet pan, use a pencil to draw or trace a circle 9-inches in diameter. Line the sheet pan with the parchment, pencil side down (you should still be able to see the circle). Spoon the egg whites into the circle, using the back of the spoon to smooth the top and sides of the disk. Bake in the center of the oven for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 300 degrees and bake until the meringue has puffed up and cracked on the top and the surface is lightly browned to the color of cafe au lait, about 45 minutes more. Turn off the oven, prop the oven door open, and let the pavlova cool in the oven at least 30 minutes, to room temperature. This ensures a gradual cooling, which protects the delicate meringue.

    Whip the cream and brown sugar together until stiff. Spoon it in the center of the cooled pavlova and spread out to within 1/2-inch of the edge. Arrange the slices of kiwi around the edge. Arrange the slices of strawberry in the middle. To serve, slice into wedges with a serrated knife.
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