Chocolate Pavlovas with Honeyed Strawberries

Some sources claim that this dessert was originated by an Australian chef in the 1920s for the ballerina Anna Pavlova. We updated the shells with a little cocoa in the meringue, which goes well with strawberries. Note: Pavlovas do not respond well to high humidity; if they soften, place in a low-heat oven for 5 minutes to crisp.


8 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 173
Caloriesfromfat 3 %
Fat 0.6 g
Satfat 0.2 g
Monofat 0.1 g
Polyfat 0.2 g
Protein 3 g
Carbohydrate 41.5 g
Fiber 2.8 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 0.8 mg
Sodium 104 mg
Calcium 22 mg


3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
2 teaspoons potato starch
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 large egg whites
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher for Passover vanilla extract
4 cups quartered strawberries (about 3 pints)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon kosher for Passover vanilla extract
Mint sprigs (optional)


Preheat oven to 275°.

To prepare pavlovas, cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Draw 8 (4-inch) circles on paper. Turn paper over; secure with masking tape.

Sift together cocoa and potato starch; set aside.

Place salt and egg whites in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy. Gradually add 1 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Beat in vinegar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Sprinkle cocoa mixture over surface of egg white mixture; beat at low speed just until incorporated, scraping sides of bowl.

Spoon about 1/2 cup egg white mixture into each drawn circle on prepared baking sheet. Spread egg white mixture onto the circles using the back of a spoon; make an indentation in the center of each meringue circle to form a nest. Bake at 275° for 1 hour. Turn oven off; cool meringues in closed oven at least 12 hours or until completely dry. Carefully remove meringues from paper. Cool completely on a wire rack.

To prepare strawberries, combine berries and remaining ingredients in a bowl; toss gently. Cover and chill at least 1 hour; toss gently before serving. Place 1 meringue circle on each of 8 plates. Top each serving with 1/2 cup berry mixture. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired. Serve immediately.