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Pavlova Recipe

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As you know, I am now a Great British Bake Off-aholic and this dessert caught my eye! I know what y’all are thinking, pav-whata?  This sounds really fancy, but I’m telling y’all this is the perfect simple show-stopper dessert that you probably already have all the ingredients in your fridge. 

With this dessert, you’re going to get a wonderfully crisp meringue with a chewy marshmallow-y center, topped with homemade whipped cream and berries of your choice! Um-YUM!

Let’s break down what you need:

For the meringue-

4 egg whites (ROOM TEMP, I used freshly out of the fridge and I got a good rise, but it could have been even better if I didn’t jump the gun!)

1 cup of granulated sugar

1 capful of vanilla extract

2 level tsp of cornstarch

2 tsp of white wine vinegar

The Filling-

1 1/3 cup of whipping cream

1 capful of vanilla extract

2 TBsp of granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups of fruit of your choice

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 320 degrees and immediately reduce to 300 after inserting the meringue. Mix the room temperature egg whites together until foamy.  Then, add the sugar and vanilla extract gradually.  Mix the cornstarch and vinegar together until smooth then add to the mixture.  This turns tasteless once added and allows the meringues foam to stabilize to achieve the desired texture while baking.  I’ve seen some people just add them separately, which you can do, but just sift the starch as to not have any lumps.

Whip until you have stiff peaks and then place onto your parchment/waxed lined baking sheet.

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A good tip to secure the parchment/wax paper is to dollop a smidgen of mixture onto the four corners.

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You can draw a circle onto the paper or freehand it like I did and spoon the mixture onto the sheet and manipulate it gingerly as to not deflate the air in the mixture.  You should have a disc with a well in the center for the whipped cream and berries.

 

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Bake for one hour and once done, let the cake stay in the oven until the oven is cool, which takes another 30 minutes to an hour.  A good way to speed up the process is to place a wooden spoon in the oven!

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Oscar couldn’t wait either!

Whip together your ingredients for the whipped cream and place onto the cake very gently as this is a very delicate dish!  Top with your berries and bam! A boujee on a budget dessert that looks like a million bucks!  It is so yummy and dressing it up with different fruits and flavors makes it versatile for every season.

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