Pavlova Recipe

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Dessert Pavlova is named after a Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova. Crispy on the outside, marshmallow inside, and just melting in your mouth. This is a gluten-free dessert. Crispy white meringue filled with lemon curd, whipped cream, and fresh berries. This Pavlova Recipe is all you need to create a tasty dessert.

Pavlova topped with fresh redcurrant berries.

Why we love this recipe

Ingredients for this recipe

Tip from Marina: bring egg whites to room temperature, place them in a bowl, and set over a second bowl of warm water for 10-15 minutes. 

Pavlova with lemon curd and fresh berries.

How to make this recipe

Preheat oven to 300oF (150oC). Line up a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 

In the bowl of stand mixer add egg whites and beat for about 1 min. Gradually add white granulated sugar.Beat meringue for 8-10 minutes on high speed, or until stiff peaks form. Meringue should be glossy and smooth. Add corn starch and vinegar. Beat again for a few seconds until well combined.

Pipe meringue into nests onto parchment paper using Wilton 1M tip or 4B tip. 

Tip from Marina: If you don’t have any pipping tips, use tablespoon to make a nest. Do not forget to indent the center with a spoon to allow room for cream and lemon curd. 

There are other ways to pipe meringues for Pavlovas as you see in the pictures below. 

Lower oven temperature to 175oF (80oC) and place trays with the meringues in the oven.

Bake meringues for 1,5 hours, then turn the oven off. Do not open the door and let the meringue cool off in the hot oven completely.

How to assemble Pavlova

When you are ready to assemble Pavlova, prepare cream and place into pipping bag with Wilton 1M pipping tip. Wash and dry with the paper towel fresh berries or fruits. Top each meringue with the lemon curd, the pipe cream, and decorate with fresh berries. 

Pavlova with lemon curd and fresh berries.

Recipe FAQs

Why we use corn starch and vinegar in this Pavlova recipe?

Corn starch and vinegar help to form a crisp exterior and marshmallow-soft interior. It is all about the texture of this dessert. Do not skip these ingredients. 

Can I make Pavlova ahead?

Yes. You can make meringues up to 4 days ahead of time. You can store meringues in a thigh container at room temperature (in a low-humidity place). NOT in the fridge!

What cream to use for Pavlova?

I use cream cheese whipped creamYou can also use heavy whipping cream. Just add a few tablespoons of granulated sugar for your taste. 

How to store Pavlova?

These pavlovas should be enjoyed with 2-3 hours of assembly. 

If you make Pavlova, please tag me on social media and leave a rating below. I would love to see your creations!

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Pavlova recipe

Pavlova Recipe

Marina
Crispy on the outside, marshmallow inside, and just melting in your mouth. This is a gluten-free dessert.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine russian
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 38 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 stand mixer or electric hand mixer
  • 1 spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 120 gr egg whites room temperature 4 egg whites
  • 210 gr (1 cup) granulated sugar
  • 10 gr (1 Tablespoon) corn starch 
  • 5 gr (1 teaspoon) vinegar 

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 300oF (150oC).
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • In the bowl of stand mixer add egg whites and beat for about 1 min. Gradually add granulated sugar and beat for 8-10 minutes on high speed, or until stiff peaks form. Meringue should be glossy and smooth. 
  • Add corn starch and vinegar. Mix until well-blended.
  • Pipe meringue into nests onto parchment paper using Wilton 1M tip or 4B tip. 
  • Lower oven temperature to 175oF (80oC). Bake for one and a half hours, then turn the oven off and without opening the door, let meringue in the hot oven to cool off. 
  • Top with lemon curd, cream, and fresh berries. 

Notes

Get all ingredients and tools ready before baking. 
Check oven temperature using an oven thermometer. Every oven is different and the temperature may vary the suggested in the recipe. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 38kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 0.04gSodium: 8mgPotassium: 8mgFiber: 0.004gSugar: 9gCalcium: 0.5mgIron: 0.01mg
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