Zander’s Birthday Feast! Pavlova with Whipped Cream and Fruit

Tonight was my Husband’s Birthday – I call him Zander – his actual name is Alex – anyway – we usually treat birthdays at our place with a good homecooked meal.

What was on the menu for tonight?

Can I start with Dessert?

I first had Pavlova at Christmas one year.  My Brother In Law’s Sister made it for us and I thought it was such a beautiful dish!  It amazes me how you can transform just a couple simple ingredients into something really special…just a few egg whites and sugar.  I love it topped with loads of fresh whipped cream and tons of berries or seasonal fruit.  Tonight I topped ours with Kiwi, Strawberries and Rasberries.

This base recipe is from Whitewater Cooks (the one for rolled Pavlova) – I just served differently

All you need:

3 egg whites (at room temperature)
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp vinegar
2 tbsp water

To Top:

Whipped Cream
Berries or Fruit of choice

Beat your egg whites until stiff.  Add water and beat for another 2-3 minutes.  Add your sugar 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping bowl occasionally.  Add vinegar and vanilla and beat until mixture is thick and shiny (about 5 minutes)

Spread mixture evenly onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (don’t let mixture touch edge of sheet)

Bake for 20 minutes at 350 until light brown with a firm crust.

Let cool well at room temperature.

Top with whipped cream and berries and serve.


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