Peter Cottontail may not be hopping down the bunny trail, but he is certainly busy getting ready for his impending trip. Easter is a mere 16 days away; have you made plans for your Easter brunch or dinner? Well, if you haven’t started or are just starting I have a great dessert idea for you. Truthfully though, these individual pavlovas (or is it pavlova?) are perfect for any special dinner or to just add a certain something to ‘regular’ dinner.
You may already know that Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert that was developed to honor the visit of Russian Ballerina Anna Pavlova to Australia in the 1920s. It is typically served with a dollop of whipped cream and fresh fruit.
I put a little spin on mine by substituting orange marmalade curd for the whipped cream; I used the orange marmalade I made earlier this year to make the curd. Can we possibly think of a better name for this creamy, zingy jam other than ‘curd’?
These individual Pavlovas are just about perfect because not only are they flat-out delicious (as in… a meringue bottom, a bright orangey curd (there’s that word again) and fresh strawberries), but …THEY.ARE.EASY. and YOU.CAN.MAKE.THEM.AHEAD. That my friends is a winning combination!
The ‘easy’ part… the meringues are simply egg whites and sugar, whipped well, placed on a sheet and baked. There is a misconception that meringues are tricky; the secret is having your ingredients at room temperature (or heating slightly as in this recipe) and making sure all your pots, bowls and utensils are perfectly clean.
The curd is merely the egg yolks, marmalade and butter warmed and whipped. (Yeah, I never said they are low fat…BUT…they are gluten-free!)
And yes, you can make it all ahead! I might not cut the strawberries until the day of, but the meringues can be made a day ahead and the curd can easily be made several days ahead. Store the meringues in an air-tight container and the curd in the refrigerator.
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Some of the toppings you could put out are:
There are so many variations out there that the possibilities are truly endless. If you are a pavlova maker, chime in with some of your favorite toppings.
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These easy to make, but impressive sounding and looking desserts will be a hit at your next dinner party. Enjoy!
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