Friday, January 13, 2012

In the mood for Pavlova

Since the weather has been so warm this winter, I felt like having something light and summery for dessert. Pavlova came to mind. Thank goodness for greenhouse grown berries! This dessert was really easy to make, and pretty impressive to behold.

4 egg whites at room temp
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp vinegar
2 tsp cornstarch

Whipped Cream:
1 pint whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp sugar
assorted berries of your choosing

Start by preheating your oven to 250 degrees F. Draw a 9 inch circle on a piece of parchment and turn upside down on a baking sheet so your drawn line does not touch the meringue. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Add salt, and then the sugar 1 tbsp at a time while beating to stiff glossy peaks. Add vanilla, vinegar, and cornstarch, and fold in to meringue.
Plop meringue out onto your parchment and spread  out to fill in the 9 inch circle. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn off oven and crack the door slightly. Leave to dry and cool for a few hours or overnight. Whip cream until it starts to stiffen slightly and add the vanilla and sugar. Whip until nice and fluffy. Top the meringue shell with cream and berries. Enjoy!

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