Are you ready for all the best things that spring has to offer? If you’re feeling that you need to bring a little more sweetness and light into your life, Pavlova is the answer to your dreams. The melt-in-your-mouth goodness of meringue combined with berries that are reaching peak perfection make for the ideal spring dessert. And visually… it’s stunning! Whether you bring your Pavlova to a gathering of friends (and don’t forget to get your vaccine so that you can safely ditch the masks!), or if you just decide to go all out for a family dinner, your guests will be impressed. We’re including an easy recipe courtesy of Allrecipes.com. You choose the fruit that looks and tastes best, which makes each Pavlova a unique, gorgeous creation. Happy baking!
- 4 egg whites (Be absolutely sure not a particle of grease or egg yolk gets into the whites!)
- 1 ¼ cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 pint heavy cream
- An assortment of seasonal berries or sliced kiwi
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Draw a 9-inch circle on the parchment.
- In a large bowl, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Overbeaten egg whites lose volume & deflate when folded into other ingredients. Gradually add in the sugar, about 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat until thick & glossy. Gently fold in vanilla extract, lemon juice & cornstarch.
- Spoon mixture inside the circle drawn on the parchment paper. Working from the center, spread the mixture toward the outside edge, building edge slightly. This should leave a slight depression in the center.
- Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack.
- In a small bowl, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form; set aside. Remove the paper, and place meringue on a flat serving plate. Fill the center of the meringue with whipped cream, and top with berries and/or kiwis.