When you're hard boiling and dyeing eggs this weekend, keep a few fresh ones back to use in this delicious dessert. It looks like spring with it's fresh fruit topping and has a light texture perfect for wrapping up a holiday meal.
We've tried this dessert. The Missouri Egg Council typically makes this for our Taste of AgriMissouri reception at the Missouri Governor's Conference on Agriculture. For farm fresh Missouri egg producers visit AgriMissouri.com.
Fun Fact - Pavlova is named after the Russian ballet dancer, Anna Pavlova, from one of her trips to New Zealand or Australia in the 1920s. There is an ongoing dispute between the two countries as to which one it should have the credit for this treat.
- 3 egg whites
- 1 tablespoon raspberry vinegar or red wine vinegar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3 cups fresh fruit, such as fresh raspberries, peeled and cut up kiwi fruit, and/or seeded, peeled and sliced mango
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Use a pencil to draw or trace an 8-inch circle on the paper. Turn paper pencil-side down; set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl beat the egg whites, vinegar, vanilla, salt and cream of tartar with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until egg whites are foamy. In a small bowl, stir together 1 cup sugar, cocoa powder and cornstarch. Continue to beat the egg white mixture on medium to high speed while gradually adding the sugar mixture. Beat until stiff, glossy peaks form (tips stand straight).
- Spoon egg white mixture onto prepared baking sheet, spreading to fill the circle, and smoothing with a spatula to make a flat top.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degree F. Bake for 30 minutes more or until meringue is cracked on top. Turn oven off. Let stand in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove and cool completely on a wire rack.
- In a large bowl, beat the whipping cream and 1 tablespoon sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed or with a whisk until stiff peaks form. Place meringue on a serving platter. Top with the whipped cream, spreading evenly to within 1/2 inch of the edges. Arrange fruit on top of cream. Cover loosely and chill 30 to 60 minutes. To serve, slice into wedges. Makes 8 to 10 servings.
(Chocolate Pavlova)Servings Per Recipe 8, chol. (mg) 41, Fat, total (g) 12, sat. fat (g) 7, fiber (g) 2, calcium (mg) 71, iron (mg) 1, cal. (kcal) 265, vit. C (mg) 37, vit. A (IU) 632, carb. (g) 38, sodium (mg) 70, pro. (g) 3