Pavlova–an Easter Dessert

I love the Easter season!  The time given to meditating on what was accomplished on my behalf is such a blessing!!  It seemed like it would never get here this year, since it was about as late in the year as it can ever be!!  Since a friend gave me some delicious strawberries the other day, I just knew that Sunday’s dessert had to be Pavlova.  My sister introduced me to Pavlova after she spent some time in Northern Ireland.  This particular recipe came from another friend from that part of the world.  It is a melt-in-your-mouth type of dessert that leaves you wanting more!

6 egg whites

1-1/2 c. sugar

3 heaping tsp. corn starch

1-1/2 tsp. white vinegar

Strawberries, halved

Chocolate sprinkles or shaved chocolate

Beat the egg whites until stiff and peaks form.  Add the sugar gradually and continue beating.  Add cornstarch and vinegar slowly and continue beating until all is mixed well.

Prepare pan:  use either a pizza pan or cookie sheet.  Measure a piece of wax paper to fit the bottom of the pan.  Spray oil on one side of the wax paper.  Dampen the cookie sheet and lay the wax paper, oiled side up, on the cookie sheet.  Spread the pavlova on the sheet in the middle and to within 1/2 of the edge.  Keep the top as smooth as possible.  The pavlova can be up to 2 inches thick depending on the size of your pan.  Bake for an hour and 15 minutes at 250 degrees.  Let cool completely.

Put a plate over the pavlova and gently turn it upside down. Peel off the wax paper.  Cover the pavlova with whipped cream.  Sprinkle with chocolate and place strawberries on top.  Serves 12.

Other fruits such as blueberries; kiwi; or mandarins can also be used.

Hope you have enjoyed the recipes that we’ve posted here.  Sunday, May 1, is our first anniversary!  We are pretty busy here in the Gardner household with 2 graduations coming up, but we’ll try to post something special for our one-year anniversary!

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The Mrs. G's

A mother-daughter project (our married names both begin with G) to rejuvenate our love of cooking and make meals creative and exciting! And now that I (mom) have discovered the Trim Healthy Mama way of cooking, I am trying to incorporate more healthful recipes!

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