Fall Colors Pavlova Dessert with Sorbet

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If you are a locavore, fall is the time to stockpile for winter.  Buy a side of pork for the freezer, store some onions in a cool place and fire up the spare refrigerator for the extra carrots and beets.  Then turn last season’s frozen egg whites into a Fall Colors Pavlova Meringue dessert. 

Fall Colors Pavlova Meringue

Fall Colors Pavlova Meringue

What?  Yup, make dessert. 

You see, one of my get-ready-for-winter tasks is finishing up whatever’s left from the prior year.  This year, that included egg whites I had frozen during my crème brulee binge last winter.  Yup, getting ready for the upcoming winter meant turning egg whites into dessert (Pavlova Meringue Dessert), more dessert (Pavlova Meringue Dessert #2), and dessert again (Lemon Lavender Cupcakes). 

Fall Colors Pavlova Meringue Dessert

Fall Colors Pavlova Meringue Dessert

Whoever said “leftovers” aren’t fun?  

If you aren’t familiar with the Pavlova, it is a crisp meringue with a creamy center (some meringues are crisp all the way through) topped with fruit and whipped cream (or in this case, orange curd, raspberry sorbet and fruit).  It is said to have been created for the famed Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova during a tour to Australia and New Zealand—a dessert as light and airy as the dancer.

Beat egg whites, sugar, vanilla for Fall Colors Pavlova Meringue Dessert

Beat egg whites, sugar, vanilla for Fall Colors Pavlova Meringue Dessert

Now if you are thinking that this sounds like a hard, fancy dessert, you right—but only about the “fancy” part.  This Fall Colors Meringue Pavlova dessert is easy–especially if you purchase the curd and sorbet toppings. 

I have only once had a meringue failure (from a bad substitution of ingredients, shame on me)—even though I fail at baking all the time (shhh).     

Spoon meringue onto parchment and form a well

Spoon meringue onto parchment and form a well 

Bake meringue about an hour

Bake meringue about an hour (8 small meringues work better, trust me)

This recipe makes eight meringues and my daughter made a fun discovery for one of the extras.  She sliced it in half (like a hamburger bun), then filled it with spray whipped cream.  Delicious (and it brought me back to the cream meringues I used to eat with tea as a college student in Ireland).

Mmm, all around.

Fall Colors Pavlova Meringue Dessert

Fall Colors Pavlova Meringue Dessert

 

Fall Colors Pavlova Meringue Dessert
Serves 8
Light and airy meringues topped with sorbet & fruit are a perfect dessert for fall--or anytime you need a dessert that is light and special.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
2 hr
239 calories
37 g
22 g
7 g
9 g
4 g
168 g
206 g
30 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
168g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 239
Calories from Fat 61
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
11%
Saturated Fat 4g
19%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 22mg
7%
Sodium 206mg
9%
Total Carbohydrates 37g
12%
Dietary Fiber 6g
24%
Sugars 30g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
6%
Vitamin C
39%
Calcium
17%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Meringue Ingredients
  1. 4 egg whites
  2. 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  3. 1 cup granulated sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Toppings
  1. 8 oz fruit curd
  2. 2 pints raspberry, strawberry or mango sorbet
  3. 1 pint blackberries or blueberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a small glass and a pencil, draw 8 (2 1/2-inch) circles on the parchment. Turn the paper face down on the baking sheets.
  2. Beat the egg whites & cream of tartar on high speed until soft peaks form. Add the vanilla, then gradually add the sugar and beat on high speed until the egg whites form very stiff peaks.
  3. Drop onto the prepared parchment by spoonfuls, forming into flat rounds. Hollow out a slight well in the center of each
  4. Bake for 1 to 1 1/4 hour, or until the meringues are dry on the outside but not browned. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack.
  5. When cool remove from the parchment, by inserting a flat tool like a metal spatula or pancake turner underneath to gently release
  6. Top with a generous spoonful of fruit curd, a scoop of sorbet and fresh berries.
Notes
  1. I’ve had these come out perfect at one hour or a little undercooked/fragile depending on the oven. Consider baking an extra 15 minutes if they aren't browning at all. But if the crisp outside is thinner than ideal, they are delicious even imperfect and just need to be handled more carefully.
  2. Next time I’m planning strawberry or raspberry curd and mango sorbet!
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calories
239
fat
7g
protein
9g
carbs
37g
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4 Comments

  1. Look so beautiful Inger.
    I love pavlova 🙂

  2. I love pavlova and I love that you can freeze egg whites. I never even thought of that!

  3. i still haven’t made my first pavlova but i don’t know what’s stopping me–they make a beautiful and fairly light dessert! i love all of your additions!

  4. Ooh … I love pavlovas! This one looks sensational.

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