Pavlova, Red, White & Blue

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My friend Judy in Colorado made this for our family several years ago.  Her husband’s family is from Australia, & it is a traditional Aussie & New Zealander’s dessert.  It has a crunchy, meringue like outer shell, & the inside is soft & almost marshmallowishly light.

I was headed to a book club tonight & wanted to take something elegant, yet light – & then I remembered the Pavlova. What could be lighter than meringue, whipping cream & fresh strawberries?
For the record, it disappeared, & several went back for seconds & thirds.

Preheat panggangan to 275
*Note – this takes an hour to bake, & almost another hour to cool in the oven, & may need to be planned ahead.

1-1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp white vinegar

1-1/2 cups sugar
1 T. cornstarch

6 large egg whites (room temp – NOT cold)

pinch salt
fresh fruit

Combine dry ingredients – set aside

Beat egg whites for 2-3 minutes

Add wet ingredients & blend (vanilla & white vinegar)

Slowly introduce dry ingredients

Beat for 4-5 minutes

Spread on parchment paper, or pipe from decorators bag for a detailed edge.

Reduce panggangan to 250 & bake for 50-60 minutes

DO NOT OPEN OVEN.  Allow to cool in oven.

Serve with whipped cream, & fresh fruit of choice. Strawberries, & Blueberries are perfect for a fourth of July celebration.


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