Delicious Mini Berry Pavlovas: A Sweet and Creamy Dessert

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Delicious Mini Berry Pavlovas: A Sweet and Creamy Dessert
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40mins
Category:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on November 19, 2023

These Mini Berry Pavlovas are a delightful dessert that combines a light and airy meringue base, a creamy and tangy lemon curd filling, and a vibrant mix of fresh berries. The meringue shells are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside, providing the perfect contrast to the smooth lemon curd and juicy berries. This recipe is a great option for parties or special occasions, as it can be prepared in advance and assembled just before serving. Enjoy this refreshing and visually appealing dessert any time of the year.

Ingredients

  • Egg whites - 4
  • Granulated sugar - 1 cup
  • Cornstarch - 1 teaspoon
  • White vinegar - 1 teaspoon
  • Vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon
  • Fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) - 2 cups
  • Lemon curd - 1 cup
  • Whipped cream - 1 cup
  • Mint leaves (for garnish) - a few

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 250°F (120°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a clean, dry mixing bowl, beat the egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form.
  3. Gradually add the sugar, one tablespoon at a time, while continuing to beat the egg whites. Beat until stiff peaks form and the mixture is glossy.
  4. Sprinkle the cornstarch, white vinegar, and vanilla extract over the egg white mixture. Gently fold them in until well combined.
  5. Spoon the meringue mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, creating small nests or wells with the back of the spoon.
  6. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour or until the meringues are crisp and dry.
  7. Once the meringues are done, remove them from the oven and let them cool completely on a wire rack.
  8. In the meantime, wash and dry the berries. Slice the strawberries.
  9. To assemble the pavlovas, place a spoonful of lemon curd inside each meringue nest.
  10. Top with a mixture of fresh berries, including strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
  11. Pipe or dollop whipped cream on top of the berries.
  12. Garnish with mint leaves for an extra touch of freshness.
  13. Serve the mini berry pavlovas immediately and enjoy the crisp meringue shells, creamy lemon curd, and burst of juicy berries.

Interesting Facts

  • Pavlova is named after the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova, known for her light and graceful movements.
  • Mini berry pavlovas are a popular dessert in Australia and New Zealand, where they are often served during the summer season.
  • The meringue nests can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container until ready to assemble the pavlovas.
  • Feel free to customize the toppings by using your favorite combination of fresh fruits and berries.
  • Pavlovas are naturally gluten-free, making them a great option for individuals with dietary restrictions.