Monday, June 12, 2017

Mixed Berry Almond Pavlova

By: The Food Hunter

Pavlova is a meringue based dessert that has a crunchy exterior and a sweet, soft marshmallow like interior. Topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit it is a delicious dessert for spring/summer gatherings.

Pavlova's are extremely easy to make. They take less than 20 minutes to prepare and the rest is all oven time. Although a pavlova is a delicate dessert cracking only adds character so don't fret.


Mixed Berry Almond Pavlova

4 large egg whites
1 cup superfine sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
berries of your choice 

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F and place rack in center of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and draw a 7 inch circle on the paper. Turn the parchment paper over so the circle is on the reverse side.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, with the whisk attached, beat the egg whites on medium speed until they form soft peaks. Set mixer to high speed and start adding the sugar, a tablespoon at a time until the meringue forms stiff shiny peaks. Add the almond and vanilla extracts and beat until incorporated. Sprinkle the vinegar and cornstarch over the top of the meringue and gently fold with a spatula. Spread the meringue over the circle on the parchment paper, making sure the edges of the meringue are slightly higher than the center.

Bake for 60 minutes or until the outside is dry and is a very pale cream color. Turn the oven off, leave the door slightly ajar, and let the meringue cool completely in the oven.

The meringue can be made and stored in a cool dry place until ready to use. When ready to serve top with whipped cream and berries.

For the whipped cream topping:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

In the meantime mix all of your whipped cream ingredients together in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until thick. Refrigerate until ready to use.

20 comments:

  1. Never saw using cornstarch and vinegar in a meringue. Looks delicious.

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  2. I had pavlova once, made by a real Aussie! It was interesting but delish! Yours is lovely!

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  3. I've always wanted to try making pavlova, it looks so delicious!

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  4. Yes please!!! Pavlova's are one of my favorite things! Seriously, one of the best desserts ever. This looks so good!

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  5. What a great summertime dessert! Love those berries!

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  6. This is the perfect dish to make with all those leftover egg whites from making mayo! THANKS!

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  7. Looks like an awesome dessert. I love that it is gluten free.

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  8. I have never tried pavlova but it looks delicious!! I need to try it soon!

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  9. Such a fun dessert and perfect for summer!

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  10. OMG I can not believe I have never made pavlova. It is on my "to make" list, and every time I see a delicious recipe...I remind myself I have to make some. Yum!!

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  11. This is such a divine exquisite dessert!! Thank you!

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  12. OMG! it looks so delicious!

    But why aren't you using some tool for generating recipe cards for your recipes?
    Here is a good one with nice features: http://www.recipesgenerator.com

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  13. This looks AMAZING and I love how quickly it can be made!

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  14. This looks such a lovely Pavlova recipe. I really love the fruit too

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  15. That looks so scrumptiou!I love berries!Yum!

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  16. Gorgeous, a real family favourite here ♥

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