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Strawberry Pavlova

Photo: Christopher Baker; Styling: Linda Hirst
Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 1 hr, 30 mins
Cool time 2 hrs
Yield Makes 6 to 8 servings
Wow guests with this standout dessert of Strawberry Pavlova. We adorn the top of this meringue with fresh strawberry halves and orange segments.

Ingredients

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, lowfat cream cheese, or Neufchâtel, softened*
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 orange, peeled and cut into segments
  • 1 quart strawberries, halved or quartered

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 250°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.

  2. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed with an electric mixer until very foamy. Add sugar, about 1 tablespoon at a time, beating 2 to 4 minutes or until stiff peaks form and sugar dissolves.

  3. Drop meringue onto prepared pan. Gently spread meringue with a rubber spatula into a 10-inch round on prepared baking sheet. Bake 1 1/2 hours. Turn heat off, and let cool in oven about 2 hours. Remove from oven; cool completely.

  4. Loosen meringue from parchment paper with a spatula or knife, and transfer to a plate or cake stand. Stir together mascarpone cheese and next 3 ingredients. Spoon cheese mixture onto meringue; top with orange segments and berries.

  5. *If mascarpone or cream cheese is thick, thin with 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice.