Berry And Cherry Pavlova
Pavlova is a graceful and romantic dessert, perfect for Valentines’ day, dinner party, or even an easy night. In a nutshell, it is meringue-based with a crisp crust but is light and soft on the inside, usually topped with whipped cream and fruits.
This treat was actually named after a popular Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova. It was created for her during her tours in Australia as well as in New Zealand back in the 1920s. Although the two countries have argued about the real nationality of the creator, Pavlova became a significant part of their national cuisine.
Since Pavlova is very simple to make, it is usually served during celebratory and holiday meals. It’s also a good dessert even on an ordinary day. It may be popular during the summertime as well as Christmas time, but this is something that one can actually make all year round since the ingredients are very basic. Plus, the fruit toppings can be altered according to what is available or in season.
I am a huge fan of berries and cherries myself. So today, I am going to share with you a simple Pavlova recipe, topped with these little yet very nutritious fruits.
This Berry and Cherry Pavlova recipe makes an elegant dessert that you can serve during special gatherings and holiday meals. It’s also an excellent treat if you are having a dinner date!
4 large egg whites
1 1/4 c. white sugar
1 tsp. each vanilla extract and lemon juice
2 tsp. cornstarch
1-pint heavy cream
berries and cherries (for topping)
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and draw a circle on the paper (9 inches in diameter)
- Beat egg whites in a large bowl. Slowly add in sugar and beat every after an addition. Beat until thick and glossy and then add cornstarch, vanilla extract, and lemon juice.
- Spoon mixture onto the circle drawn on the paper. Spread toward the outside edge, while building the edge a little bit.
- Bake for about an hour and let cool.
- Beat heavy cream in a small bowl until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
- Remove the parchment paper and transfer meringue into a flat serving plate. Fill the center with whipped cream and top with berries and cherries.
- Beat eggs until stiff but not dry.
- Before baking, be sure that there is an impression in the center.
If you wish the whipped cream to be a bit sweeter, you are free to add sugar. As for the fruit toppings, in case you don’t have berries and cherries, you also have the option to utilize other types of fruits, such as kiwi, mango, pineapple, and many more. And take note, you can utilize a mixture of fruits if desired.
Berry and Cherry Pavlova looks very elegant, but it is really simple to make. And like what I said, you can make it a lot prettier by adding more fruits. Plus, doing this will definitely increase the nutritional value.