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A Pavlova topped with Cream and Fresh Fruit

I was introduced to this recipe at a friend’s house by her 11-year old son!  He made the dessert and finished it off table side for the adult guest.  How impressive, and given the beyond delicious taste, I had to find the recipe.

The recipe is right from the New York Times author, Melissa Clark.  What I love about meringues and Pavlovas is you can really be creative with how they are topped, or what dry ingredient to fold into the egg whites.  In this recipe we find freeze-dried raspberries that add an incredible fruity flavor to the meringue base.  A syrup coats the peaches and if preferred you can omit to eliminate some of the sugar.   I always like “naked” fruit because if ripe and flavorful there is no need to change nature.

 

A Pavlova topped with Cream and Fresh Fruit

I was introduced to this recipe at a friend’s house by her 11-year old son!  He made the dessert and finished it off table side for the adult guest.  How impressive, and given the beyond delicious taste, I had to find the recipe.

The recipe is right from the New York Times author, Melissa Clark.  What I love about meringues and Pavlovas is you can really be creative with how they are topped, or what dry ingredient to fold into the egg whites.  In this recipe we find freeze-dried raspberries that add an incredible fruity flavor to the meringue base.  A syrup coats the peaches and if preferred you can omit to eliminate some of the sugar.   I always like “naked” fruit because if ripe and flavorful there is no need to change nature.

 

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Ingredients

Recipe serves: 8-10
meringue
1 ¼ cups freeze-dried raspberries (1 1/3 ounces)
6 large egg whites, at room temperature
1 ½ cups/300 grams granulated sugar
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
Pinch of fine sea salt
fruit topping
½ cup/125 grams Demerara sugar
½ vanilla bean, split
2 (1 1/2-inch) strips lemon zest
3 small (or 2 large) ripe peaches, pitted and sliced
½ pint raspberries (1 cup)
cream
2 cups (480 ml) heavy cream
½ cup (120 ml) sour cream
1 ½ tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
Tiny pinch of fine sea salt
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A Pavlova topped with Cream and Fresh Fruit
  • time
    2 hours 30 minutes
  • serves
    8
  • skill level
    Medium

Ingredients

  • meringue

  • fruit topping

  • cream

Directions

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Heat oven to 250 degrees.

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Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and draw a circle with a 9-inch diameter, then flip paper upside-down to see the outline.

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Using a food processor, blend the dried raspberries until you get a fine powder (the seeds won’t break down so don’t even try.) You should have about 1/3 cup. Set aside.

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Using the bowl from an electric mixer, whisk together egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar and salt.

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Fill a medium pot with 1 inch of water and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Set the mixing bowl with the egg white mixture into the pot, and whisk constantly by hand until sugar dissolves and mixture is warm, 3 to 5 minutes.

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Remove bowl from heat, transfer bowl back to the mixer, and beat with the whisk attachment on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, about 5 to 8 minutes.

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Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the raspberry powder until combined but still very streaky.

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Spoon mixture onto prepared parchment paper circle. Lightly drag a spatula along the outer edges of the mixture from bottom to top, to help build up the edges so there is a deep well in the center of the pavlova.

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Bake for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until dry and firm to the touch. Transfer to a rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.

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Topping

A half-hour before serving stir together 1/2 cup water, sugar, vanilla bean and lemon zest in a small pot over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved and syrup is thickened slightly, about 3 minutes. Put peaches in a bowl, stir in syrup and let cool.

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whipped cream

In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk together cream, sour cream, confectioners’ sugar and salt until firm peaks form, about 3 to 4 minutes.

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Fill cooled pavlova with whipped cream; use a slotted spoon to top with peach mixture and raspberries, then drizzle with some of the syrup from bottom of the peach bowl. Serve at once.