Mixed Berry Pavlova

Continuing with my baking weekend, the other recipe I wanted to try in my cookbook was the Mixed Berry Pavlova recipe. There was a lot of fail on my part that went into making this dish.

First, I thought we had all the ingredients we needed to make this dish so I didn’t invest in buying too many extra ingredients at the grocery store. When we came back, I realized I didn’t have enough eggs to last me the week if I used all the eggs in this recipe. Plus, I only had like 2 tbsp of whipping cream left -_-

Needless to say, I had to halve my recipe to make this work and it worked out because now I don’t have all this extra dessert lying around which allows me to bake other things πŸ˜€

The other thing I changed about this recipe is that I took out the liqueur aspect of the mixed berry garnish. Originally, the recipe asked that I toss the mixed berries in some sugar and Grand Marnier. I didn’t have any Grand Marnier so I used Cointreau instead and I thought it tasted ok… but J hated it. It wasn’t THAT bad. I didn’t add the alcohol in the next batch and I have to admit, it did taste much better. Β This is a cute and elegant dish and when made in smaller portions, it can look very exquisite.

Mixed Berry Pavlova

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 6 small meringues

Mixed Berry Pavlova

Ingredients

  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream (35%)
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish
  • Confectioner Sugar for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300F.
  2. In a stand mixer using a whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites and pinch of salt until frothy. Slowly add the sugar in a bit at a time until all sugar is incorporated. Whisk until stiff peaks (egg whites should be smooth and glossy)
  3. Add in cornstarch, vinegar, and vanilla extract into the egg white mixture and fold to combine.
  4. Spoon dollops of the meringue onto a Silpat or parchment paper and smooth into a round dish using the back of a spoon. You may press down on the middle of the meringue to make a shallow crater so that it leaves space for the whipping cream and berries later.
  5. Turn down the oven to 250F right before you're about to place the meringues in the oven and make for approximately 50 minutes to an hour. The meringues should remain white - if they're starting to turn a bit golden you've baked them for too long.
  6. While the meringue is baking, toss the berries with 1/8 cup of sugar and allow to sit so that the fruits start oozing in juices.
  7. Also, start whipping the whipping cream in a cold bowl.
  8. When meringue is done, allow to cool. Dollop some freshly whipped cream into the crater you made earlier in the meringue and top with the sugar coated berries. Garnish with some fresh mint leaves and dust on some confectioner sugar. Done!
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Raspberry Sorbet Recipe

One of our annual traditions is to go berry picking at one of our local farms. We typically just pick strawberries but seeing as we were catching the tail end of Strawberry picking season, we decided to pick Raspberries as well.

The strawberries were in scarce supply but we were still able to get some decent ones. They’re so small compared to the GM ones you find at the supermarket but boy do they taste so much better!

The raspberries on the other hand were in abundant supply. They were so easy to pick off since they were so ripe – they literally just fell off the vines.

raspberries

With close to 2 lbs of raspberries, we had to come up with a game plan as to what to do with them. Making jam seems kinda boring. Seeing as it is so hot outside right now, making ice cream seemed like the best idea. In fact, raspberry sorbet would be perfect!

Raspberry Sorbet

Sorbets are super easy to make but I personally find them a bit annoying because once you freeze them, since they don’t have the cream to make it easier to scoop, it tends to freeze over like ice. As a result, I often find myself having to thaw it out a bit first before I can easily scoop it. However, it still tastes amazing! It just requires a bit of patience if you want to eat it right away πŸ™‚

To make sorbet, make sure you quickly rinse the berries to get rid of any impurities. Then, place it all in a food processor and puree. Just look at how gorgeous and red these raspberries are πŸ™‚

Raspberries

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