Pavlova with Whipped Cream and Fruit

Ingredients

4 large egg whites at room temperature
pinch of salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
1 cup heavy whipped cream, cold
2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries, for garnish

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 275°F. Draw a 9-inch circle on parchment paper (using a large plate or the bottom of a tart pan). Place parchment paper on a large baking sheet–pencil side facing down.

2. Meringue: Place the egg whites in the bowl (clean and free of any grease) of stand mixer, fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk over low speed for 1-2 minutes, or until egg whites are foamy. Increase speed to high and continue to whisk for an additional 1-2 minutes. Slowly start sprinkling in the granulated sugar, one tablespoon at a time, while continue to whisk until meringue reaches a stiff peak.

3. Add the vanilla bean paste, cornstarch, and vinegar, and whisk at high speed to combine. Scrape the bottom of a bowl with a spatula to ensure all the ingredients are incorporated. Transfer the meringue to the center of the circle on the parchment paper. Using a small offset spatula, smooth it into a disk using the edges of the circle as a guide. Go back to the disk with an offset spatula and build up the sides of the meringue slightly. This will help contain the whipped cream, curd, and fresh raspberries when you assemble the dessert.

4. Bake the meringue at 275°F for roughly 1 hour. Turn off heat, use a wooden spoon to prop open the oven door slightly, and allow the meringue to completely cool in the oven (roughly 1 hour). It will be crisp and slightly cracked on the outside, but slightly soft on the inside.

5. Pour in one pint of well-chilled heavy whipping cream in a pint dispenser. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Charge with 1 N20 Cream charger and shake.

6. To assemble, spread the top of the meringue with the whipped cream. Top with fresh raspberries and a generous sifting of confectioners’ sugar on top of the fresh raspberries. Serve in large scoops.

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