Pavlovas

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I found myself with a few extra egg whites after this recipe, and decided to make pavlovas. Pavlovas are meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova. They have a crisp crust and soft, light inside and are tyically served with fruit or whipped cream.This tasty dessert is relatively easy to make and requires only a handful of ingredients. Make sure you eat them within 24 hours otherwise they will become very chewy and lose their delicious texture.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces, about 6) large egg whites, preferably room temperature
  • Pinch of salt

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 275°. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the vanilla and vinegar into a cup. Stir the cornstarch into the sugar in a small bowl. In a large bowl of a heavy-duty mixer, fitted with whisk attachment, whip egg whites and salt, until soft peaks start to become visible, approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Increase speed to medium-high, slowly and gradually add the sugar-cornstarch mixture. A few minutes after these dry ingredients are added, slowly pour in the vanilla and vinegar. Increase speed and whip until meringue is glossy, and stiff peaks form when the whisk is lifted.

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Spoon the meringue into round mounds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. With the back of a spoon, create an indentation in the middle of the mound for holding the filling once meringue is baked.

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Place baking sheet in the oven.Reduce oven temperature to 250°F. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the meringues are crisp, dry to the touch on the outside, and white, not tan-colored or cracked. The interiors should have a marshmallow-like consistency. Check on meringues at least once during the baking time. If they appear to be taking on color or cracking, reduce temperature 25 degrees, and turn pan around.

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Once ready, lift from the baking sheet and cool on a wire rack. They will crack a bit in the middle but since you will fill them up, that’s ok.

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Serve topped with your favorite filling – fresh fruit, lemon curd, raspberry or blueberry sauce, or freshly whipped cream.

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