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Light and Sweet: Pavlova for Dessert

Pavlova Recipe

Craving a decadent dessert, but still want to keep it light? It isn’t an impossible request. Pavlova is a sweet pillow of crisp meringue, topped with tart lemon curd and fresh berries. This low fat treat is full of bright flavors, so you’ll never miss the calories. You can even add a touch of bittersweet chocolate without giving up on your New Year’s Resolution. It is as lovely and elegant as the Russian ballerina it was named after.

Pavlova Recipe

Makes: twelve 4-inch Pavlovas
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Baking Time: 2 hours
Level: multiple steps, but all of them are easy

Meringue:
6 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Lemon Curd:
3 large eggs
3 large egg yolks
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Zest from one lemon

Garnishes:
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
Fresh berries
Powdered sugar, for dusting

To prepare Pavlova:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.

Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Pavlova Recipe

In a stand mixer, on medium speed, beat the egg whites with the whip attachment until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and beat until the whites are at soft peak. Slowly add the sugar in a constant stream as the eggs are whipping. Add the vanilla, vinegar and cornstarch.

Pavlova Recipe

Beat the eggs until they are glossy and hold a peak when lifted out of the bowl.

Pavlova Recipe

Spoon the meringue onto the prepared cookie sheets into 12 equal mounds.

Pavlova Recipe

Use the back of the spoon to make a well in the mound of meringue. You may need to wet the spoon slightly to do this easily.

Pavlova Recipe

Bake the meringues for 1 hour at 200 degrees F. Turn the oven off and allow the meringues to stay in the cooling oven for another hour. This will further dry the meringue and prevent them from collapsing.

While the meringues are baking, make your lemon curd:

Lemon Curd for Pavlova Recipe

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and yolks. Whisk in the sugar. Mix in the lemon juice and zest.

Lemon Curd for Pavlova Recipe

Over a double boiler, on medium heat, stir the lemon mixture with a rubber spatula until it starts to thicken. This will take 5 to 10 minutes. When you lift the spatula out of the lemon curd, draw your finger across the spatula and it should be thick enough to hold the line.

Lemon Curd for Pavlova Recipe

Strain the lemon curd into a large dish and cover the surface directly with plastic wrap, to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until ready to use, at least 30 minutes.

Pavlova Recipe

Once the meringues are done baking and cooled, paint the well of the meringue with the melted chocolate. Allow the chocolate to set for 15 to 20 minutes. (This can be done the day before serving.)

Pavlova Recipe

To serve: add a spoon of the chilled lemon curd, top with fresh berries and dust with powdered sugar.

Get the printable recipe here.

More Baking Recipes from Zoe:

Zoë François, author of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day and Artisan Pizza and Flatbreads in Five Minutes a Day, studied at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. She now calls Minneapolis her home, where she has worked with some of the top talent in the culinary world — Steven Brown, Andrew Zimmern and many chefs at the D’Amico company. In addition to writing, Zoë teaches baking classes and consults at restaurants. You can find her writing and recipe creations on Devour, on her baking blog, zoebakes.com and on the site, www.breadin5.com.

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