Lemon Curd Pavlova with Fresh Berries

17 Apr

This is one of the finest things I’ve ever made.

I recently made a Boston Creme Pie for the first time. That’s another post for another day, but that recipe called for a custard made from 6 egg yolks. Which meant I had 6 egg whites that I didn’t want to go to waste. So I did a quick internet search and Bam! I found this great recipe for Lemon Curd Pavlova with Fresh Berries.

According to Chow.com, where I found the recipe, Pavlova is a light meringue-based cake topped with whipped cream. Named for the famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, it is popular in both Russia and Australia with lots of regional-based, handed down variations.

This version called for adding in some tangy lemon curd. Once I read through the recipe, I knew I had to channel my inner Black Swan and put this together. And it was super easy. It might seem like a lot of directions, but it goes quickly.

Grazing in The City - Lemon Curd Pavlova with Fresh Berries

Waste not – want not.

Grazing in The City - Lemon Curd Pavlova with Fresh Berries

First you make a meringue base, then make some homemade whipped cream (which is one of the easiest things in the world). Fold in some lemon curd – don’t combine it completely. Layer that on the baked meringue and top it off with berries of your choice.

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Cracking with the meringue is totally normal.

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You can never have enough berries.

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Check out those light and delicious layers!

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Grazing in The City - Lemon Curd Pavlova with Fresh Berries

So damn good.

Ingredients

  • 1 jar lemon curd
  • 4 large egg whites at room temp
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup + 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh berries of your choice

Directions

Preheat oven to 250 and arrange a rack in the middle. Using a 9-inch round cake pan, trace a circle onto a piece of parchment paper with a pen or marker. Flip the paper over and place it on a baking sheet (the traced circle should be visible); set aside.

Place the egg whites and salt in the very clean, dry bowl (cause when would you ever use a dirty, wet bowl – amiright?). Mix on medium speed until the whites begin to lighten in color and become thick and foamy with small bubbles – about 2 mins. Increase speed to high and slowly add 1 cup of the sugar in a thin stream. Mix until firm, shiny peaks form, resembling marshmallow cream – 3-5 mins. This will be the meringue base.

Sift the cornstarch through a fine-mesh strainer into the meringue. Lightly fold the vinegar and vanilla into the meringue with a rubber spatula until no streaks of vanilla remain. You want to get everything combined without deflating the egg whites – they should remain as light and fluffy as possible.

Using the rubber spatula, pile the meringue into the center of the circle drawn on the parchment paper and smooth it to the edges of the circle to form a rough, even disk about 1 inch tall. Weigh down the parchment paper with some cans, if needed.

Bake until the meringue is firm but slightly soft in the middle, about 60 mins. Remove from oven and cool completely. Run a thin metal spatula under the meringue to loosen – there will be some cracking, this is normal. Carefully slide it onto a serving platter or stand and set aside.

Place the cream, sugar, and vanilla in a clean bowl and beat on medium-high speed until soft peaks form, about 1 1/2 to 2 mins. You want to make a good, stiff whipped cream.

Using a rubber spatula, fold the chilled lemon curd into the whipped cream. Don’t completely combine! You’ll want to leave big streaks of curd throughout the whipped cream. Pile the mixture into the center of the baked meringue and spread it to the edges. Top with the fresh berries to make a great presentation and serve immediately.

7 Responses to “Lemon Curd Pavlova with Fresh Berries”

  1. egg me on April 18, 2013 at 6:57 am #

    More berries the better. Looks damn good, indeed.

  2. sugaredpecan April 18, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    Wow, this is very impressive! I have always wanted to attempt this but never have. Looks heavenly!!!

    • billpeeler April 19, 2013 at 8:53 am #

      You really should give this a shot – it’s soo easy and is perfect for this time of year.

  3. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide April 21, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    Wow, that looks good!

  4. billpeeler July 30, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    Thank you so much, Donna! You pretty much summed this dessert up perfectly – it really is decadent but light and refreshing at the same time! Love all the different fruits you used as well. Cheers!

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  1. Pavlova | The Sugared Pecan - July 30, 2013

    […] want to thank my friend over at Grazing In The City for sharing this wonderful recipe.  Here it is for the rest of you. […]

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