Pavlova – A Delicious Dessert

Hello Yellow Bliss Road fans! My name is Sarah McKenna, and I blog over at Bombshell Bling. My blog is about a little bit of everything – jewelry making, recipes, holidays, crafts, home decor, and parties. I have a particular fondness for s’mores recipes and fun Halloween ideas. Today I am going to veer from those two fixations to share a recipe with you for one of our favorite desserts to serve to company: Pavlova!

Pavlova dessert

Pavlova is a light, yet decadent treat. My husband spent two years in Australia serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint, and this was one of his favorite foods to which he was introduced during his time in Australia. Pavolva is a dessert that was created in honor of the ballerina Anna Pavlova during a tour that she did in Australia and New Zealand.

Pavlova dessert

I have served this dessert at many dinner parties and events, and every time that I do people ask me for the recipe. And here’s a little surprise for you: it’s shockingly good for you, at least in comparison to other desserts of similar decadent tastes. It is one of my favorite desserts to make while I am on Weight Watchers (sorry, I don’t know how many points it is on the new system), because it is practically just egg whites, so the whipping cream is really the only thing adding serious fat and calories to this tasty treat!

This particular pavlova recipe is slightly adapted from a version that my in-laws found in an old cookbook called The Silver Palate. I shared it on my blog a couple of years ago, but since then my mother-in-law has tweaked it a bit to start making individual serving pavlovas so that they are prettier for serving to company.

Pavlova dessert

Now let’s get cooking! If you would like to see step by step pictures of this process then see my original blog post HERE.

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Pavlova on a plate

Pavlova

Ingredients
  

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream whipped
  • Fresh berries Strawberries are our favorite!

Instructions
 

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 275 degrees.
  • Now beat the egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar together in a bowl until the whites hold a stiff peak.
  • Next you will add the sugar to the mixture very slowly and gradually while you are beating the mixture. Beat until the mixture is stiff and glossy.
  • Beat in the cornstarch, then the vinegar and vanilla. The mixture will get even stiffer and glossier.
  • Butter and flour (baking spray works!) a cookie sheet and scoop the mixture onto it in medium-small piles.
  • Your oven should be preheated to 275 degrees. NOW TURN IT DOWN TO 250 degrees! Bake your individual pavlovas for 50 - 60 minutes, or until they are firm and lightly browned. Don't worry, they will remain moist inside.
  • Cool completely.
  • Lightly whip up some whipping cream just before serving, and prepare your berries. You can use any fresh berries that you would like, but I personally love straight strawberries on mine.

Individiual Pavlova Recips

 Now serve it up and prepare to amaze your guests and your tastebuds! YUM!

Individiual Pavlova Recips-2

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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. This will definitely be a part of Christmas/Valentine dessert rotation. On a side note, the plate(s) is beautiful. Will you Please tell me where I may purchase them?
    First-time visitor to your site…think I’m going to be a frequent visitor.

  2. well your dessert ‘history’ here is the best! i had this once on a special occasion–created by … wait for it … a gentlemen who served in Australia in the same way for two years!!—
    i have forgotten about Pavlova for some strange reason, and i am excited to be reminded here by you! it’s now a ‘to-do’ in my recipes list.
    thanks … happy weekend!