Have a Pavlova


PavlovaThanks to my friend Gray, Pavlova, or meringue shells, has become one of my favorite go to desserts.  It is easy to prepare and can be served with any number of fillings. Fresh fruits, which this time of year are plentiful and delicious, are always a great choice.

I am sure there are many ways of making a meringue shell, but  I am sharing that of my friend as I know it’s a good one.

Pavlova

4 large egg whites at room temperature

1 c. sugar

1 t. white vinegar (I’ve been known to use balsamic!)

1/2 T. cornstarch

1/2 t. vanilla

In a metal bowl, beat the egg whites with  a whisk or mixer until they form soft peaks.  Gradually sprinkle the sugar into the egg whites, beating after each addition, until all sugar is used and glossy stiff peaks have formed.  Sprinkle cornstarch and vinegar on the meringue and fold in gently with a plastic spatula.  Add the vanilla, folding gently into the mixture.

PavlovaOn a baking sheet lined with foil or a Silpat baking sheet, spread the meringue in  circles.  Indent the center with the back of a spoon so you have a slight well in the center.

Bake in a preheated 275 degree oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until it goes a pale eggshell color.  Turn the oven off and leave the meringues in the oven for an additional hour.

Just before serving, remove the meringues from the oven and place them on serving dishes.  Fill the center with your choice of filling and top with whipped cream.

Pavlova

This time around I filled the Pavlova with homemade lemon curd and blueberry lavender jam.  I found an incredibly easy recipe for lemon curd made in the microwave here, and it was yummy!

The jam was perfect with the lemon curd, but a blueberry compote made with 2 c. blueberries, 3 T. water and 1/4 c. sugar  stirred over medium heat until thickened would have worked just as well as would just plain blueberries.  Love the flexibility of this dessert.

PavlovaAn added bonus to making Pavlova is that it can involve kids who love to help in the kitchen and get a big kick out of presenting their creations.  That can’t be beat!

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18 thoughts on “Have a Pavlova

  1. Something that looks good and tastes good, too!

  2. Pavlova is one of my favorites also but I have never had the courage to make one. Your recipe looks uncomplicated and delicious, I will give it a try, yum!

  3. I’ve always wanted to try making these and your recipe sounds perfect!! I will keep you posted when I try it!!

    1. We had leftovers last night with strawberries and ice cream. Love how the shell adds a little something extra.

  4. Those look great…can you believe I have never tried making them…someone told me they never dry out good if it is humid, east/central Kansas is very humid this time of year (75% is normal). I bought some wonderful raspberries that would be sooooo good with them right now, too.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Linda.

    1. The day we made these it was 100% humidity and the windows were open. I was a little concerned, but what I realized is that the drying out actually occurs in the oven which is the reason for leaving them in for that extra hour. I put the leftovers in a plastic bag and they kept perfectly until we finished them off.

  5. Ok.. These will be my next kitchen adventure.
    They look great and I might try them with peaches….

    1. They really are easy, Suzy, and peaches would be perfect.

  6. Love Pavlova…perfect with all the soft fruit that’s around now..

  7. I never realized that they were that easy to make…Looks wonderful and love your assistant.

  8. I am with you! It is one of the most amazing and surprising desserts. I just love the size of yours! How fun to have such a cute helper!

  9. I am embarrassed to say I’ve never had Pablova~it sounds so elegant when I’ve read about it, and never dreamed it could be so easy to do~your helper is so sweet!
    Jenna

  10. Looks really good, Lulu. What a sweet helper you have there! 🙂

  11. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you soon!
    Pinning your post!
    Miz Helen

  12. These are very similar to the meringues I make a Christmas with chocolate chips in them. They are bite-sized. Your recipe looks very easy, and how delicious they must be with fruit! 🙂

    1. Pinned it, too, for later. 🙂

  13. I’m sure those beautiful pavlovas didn’t last long…they look delicious.

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