Before the year is over, I wanted to make sure I finished up with my Christmas desserts.
On Christmas Eve, my mom also requested that I make a mixed berry pavlova, or as we called it: the meringue thing with berries. We had first had it at Abbe’s house a week before Christmas and my mom said it would be a hit at our Christmas Eve. I was nervous, because my track records with meringues has not been stellar but I did it anyway.
I started by drawing a 9″ circle on parchment paper and then flipping it over.
I then mixed the egg whites with the salt and beat until firm peaks formed.
This happened pretty quickly. I was nervous so I watched it carefully but it only took a little over 2 minutes to form these stiff peaks. Once the egg whites got to this stage, I sifted the cornstarch over them and added the vinegar & vanilla.
Once the ingredients were all combined, I poured the mixture onto the parchment paper and then spread it out to create a cake-like round.
I put the meringue in the oven at 180 degrees for an hour and a half. In the meantime, I cut up the fruits and simultaneously worried about the meringue.
When the meringue came out, it was as close to perfect as I could imagine. It had baked & hardened around the outside.
Of course, I immediately had the problem of transferring the meringue from the parchment to a plate. I was running a little behind so I decided to deal with that when I got to my mom’s. The car ride proved to be a bit difficult though and some cracks developed in the meringue. After my mom and I had pushed and pulled to get it seamlessly off the parchment paper, the meringue had multiple deep cracks and I had sweet meringue insides all over my hands. At this point, we decided to screw it and let it break apart since it would be completely covered with whipped cream and fruit – no one would be able to tell it had cracked.
I was a little disappointed but it ended up looking alright.
It was definitely a big hit and complimented the rich Chocolate Ganache Tart very well.
The pavlova was light and crunchy on the outside with a sweet and moist inside. I will definitely be making this again!
I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year!