These MINI PAVLOVAS topped with fresh fruit, whipped cream, and fruit syrup is the ULTIMATE holiday dessert. The perfect dessert recipe for Christmas or any celebration. Beautiful, delicious, and EASY!
Holy beautiful dessert alert! These Mini Pavlovas blow me away with how pretty they are, how AMAZING they taste, and also how easy they are to perfect. They aren’t the quickest dessert on the sweets table, but they are worth that little extra bit of time and TLC. They are the absolute star of the show, and will leave everyone with happy stomachs and a smile on their face this Christmas. Aren’t they just lovely?
Don’t these just scream Christmas? The colors, the beauty, the little powdered sugar “snow”. I’m obsessed. I love the combination of flavors and textures, and BONUS, they aren’t all that bad for you. The bottom layer is made of meringue (egg whites), the middle from freshly whipped cream (Mom makes me use fresh whipped cream…and I have to say…she’s right), and the top fresh fruit. I mean…this is kinda diet food…right? At least for holiday recipe standards. Stay with me here. :)
This recipe definitely takes some time, but you can make the meringue bases ahead of time and freeze them until ready to create your Mini Pavlovas. You won’t want to put them together until right before serving, to make sure your egg white meringues stay crisp, but it’s a great way to cut time and think ahead. I love recipes like that! These are just too perfect, don’t you agree?
Christmas tunes are blaring on Pandora, Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate is in the crockpot, Dill is in the Christmas tree creating an utter mess, and we are serving MINI PAVLOVAS! Come on over!
- 4 large egg whites
- 1 cup caster sugar (granulated works, too)
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
- 1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar)
- 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled & quartered
- ½ pint fresh blueberries
- ½ pint fresh blackberries
- ½ pint fresh raspberries
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup seedless raspberry or strawberry jam
- 1 teaspoon favorite liqueur, such as Crème de cassis or Chambord, opt.
- Preheat oven to 225F.
- Line an un-rimmed (if available) baking sheet with parchment paper. Draw 3.5” circles on the parchment paper, and turn the paper over so no pencil markings get on the meringue.
- Pour the egg whites into a large mixing bowl fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk egg whites with an electric mixer on HIGH until the whites look like clouds. Keep whisking the whites and add the sugar slowly until the whites are stiff, glossy and smooth. Rub a little of the meringue between your finger and thumb – once no sugar granules can be felt, the meringue is ready.
- In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch, vinegar and extract. Add this mixture to the beaten egg whites and whisk on HIGH for 5 seconds (just until it is incorporated in the whites).
- Place a tiny dab of meringue under each corner of the parchment to keep it in place. Pile the meringue into the middle of each circle. Gently push the meringue toward the sides to create a rimmed “bowl” of meringue. The sides should be higher than the middle, and the meringue should have a rim to hold the filling. Smooth the middle of each circle with the back of a spoon.
- Place meringues in the oven, and reduce the oven temperature to 200F. Bake 60 minutes or until they are firm to the touch and still white. Check on the meringues after the first 15 minutes. If they are darkening or cracking, reduce the temperature 25 degrees F. Turn off the oven and leave them in another hour. Transfer the meringues to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Pour cream into a mixing bowl and whisk on MED-HIGH 1 minute. When it begins to thicken, add sugar and vanilla and continue to whisk just until firm. Do not overbeat (the cream will solidify).
- Combine all fruit in a bowl and mix gently.
- Place jam and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Heat over MED-LOW heat until sauce reduces and thickens a bit. If desired, add liqueur and mix.
- Fill each meringue with whipped cream mixture and spread it out to cover the top of each meringue. Be sure to leave a little “bowl” space for the fruit.
- Spoon the fruit into the middle of the whipped cream and drizzle the sauce over the Pavlovas. Garnish with mint leaves & sprinkle with powder sugar.
- Serve & ENJOY!