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Mixed Berry Pavlova

Mixed Berry Pavlova {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree

If I had to name one thing that I begin to crave every time summer rolls around it would have to be a mixed berry pavlova. One that is piled high with multiple layers, citrus curd, a treasure trove of fresh jewel tone berries, and a light and fluffy whipped topping. Otherwise known at our house as dessert perfection.

I am enamored by the way a few simple ingredients completely transform into perfect little cloud like layers just waiting to be devoured.

There isn’t really much more that a girl could ask for in a decadent dessert.  The fragile meringue layers are super delicate so you must quickly eat this dessert after you assemble it. No time to sit and stare at its beauty my friend…eat that baby before she withers away!

Mixed Berry Pavlova {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree

Mixed Berry Pavlova (Gluten Free)
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Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
For the pavlova
  • 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup caster sugar, AKA: superfine sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
For the toppings: Make sure all fruit has been washed and thoroughly dried
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°F with a rack in the lower third. Use an 8-inch pan to trace 3 circles with pencil on parchment. Place the parchment, marking side down, on baking sheets.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on low speed until foamy. Add the salt, vinegar, and cornstarch. Beat on medium speed for about 3 minutes until soft peaks form. Add the caster sugar in 4 additions, beating on medium-high speed until meringue is stiff and glossy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the almond extract.
  3. Use a silicone spatula to spread ⅓ of the meringue on each of the parchment paper circles, then use the back of a spoon to thin out the center while building up the sides. You want the pavlova edges to be approximately 1¼ - 1½ inches high.
  4. Bake until the meringue is glossy and hard to the touch, approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes; if the meringue begins to turn darker in color reduce the temperature of the oven slightly. When the meringue has finished cooking, turn off the oven and let it cool in the oven with the door closed for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight. The pavlova will lift easily off the parchment.
To serve
  1. Gently spread ⅓ cup citrus curd over of one of the discs almost to the edges and top with a sprinkling of ½ cup sliced strawberries. Set the second pavlova layer on top and repeat the process of layering ⅓ cup citrus curd and the remaining sliced strawberries. Place the last layer of the pavlova on top and gently use a spoon to mound the coconut whipped cream in the center and spread out towards the sides leaving about a 1½- 2 inch border.Top the whipped cream with all of the blueberries, raspberries, and a couple of whole strawberries just for effect. Serve immediately.
Notes
Cooking & prep time does not include the cooling period after baking.

Pavlova's are very delicate, do not top them or add any liquid like curd or whipped cream until you are ready to serve.
 

 

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Comments

  1. Beautiful, simply beautiful sister friend! I’ve never had a Pavlova (I live under a rock). It’s probably because while you are craving this during summer, I am eating my weight in potato chips and beer 🙂

    • Meg

      Haha! Thanks Cara. Don’t be fooled, I eat my weight in chips and beer too. I just have a slice of this in between:)

  2. beautiful work! i’ve been wanting to try pavlova for years and i think i just might make it happen this summer! what with all of the berries of the season needing to be piled on top of something sweet. love the idea of using curd in between stacked layers.

    • Meg

      Thanks so much Renee! I love pavlova’s they are SO easy and elegant at the same time. I hope you love it when you make yours this summer:)

    • Meg

      Jo, I have had the premade base before, but homemade is SO much better! I usually just whip them up after dinner, bake them and leave them in the oven overnight. Super easy and seriously addictive.

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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.