Caroline’s Berry Pavlova

Caroline's Berry Pavlova

This is the beautiful and tasty pavlova recipe I used for my Moss & Mushroom brunch party. Hope you enjoy this heavenly Summer dessert!

The first time I tasted a pavlova was at my Grandmother’s house. Her friend Caroline had made it from scratch, even the whipped cream topping! The berries were at their peak ripeness, so sweet and fragrant. It was the perfect mix of freshness, crispy meringue, fluffy middle, and just the right sweetness. My mouth waters even as I type this! A few years ago I tried my hand at making pavlova.  I never dreamed something that looked so French and fancy could be so easy to make! If you like meringue, this desert might just become a staple for your Summer parties and family gatherings!

Caroline’s Berry Pavlova Recipe

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (f)

4 large egg whites – at room temperature
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

Top with whipped cream and fresh summer berries

You will need a mixer with a whisk attachment; hand or stand mixers are both fine. Make sure your mixing bowl is clean and oil-free. In your mixer place egg whites. Beat the egg whites on high for about 1 minute, until firm. With the mixer still on high, slowly add the sugar and salt. Beat for about 2 minutes until stiff, shiny peaks form.

Sift cornstarch onto the beaten egg whites. Remove bowl from the mixer. Add the vinegar and vanilla and lightly fold into the egg whites with a spatula, but do not over mix. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop the meringue into a pile in the middle of the parchment paper. Smooth it with the spatula, creating a circle shape, about 8-9 inches in diameter. Bake for 1 1/2 hours at 180 degrees. Then turn off the oven and keep the door closed until it completely cools…about an hour. You can also bake this in the evening before bed, turn the oven off and take it out in the morning. I have found that the oven is the is a great place for me to keep it until serving time…a place where it is free from nibbling and sampling fingers!

To serve, pile high with fresh whipped cream and berries. Then cut into wedge slices and garnish with extra berries and fresh mint leaves. Enjoy!

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