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Photo: Christopher Baker; Styling: Linda Hirst Photo by: Photo: Christopher Baker; Styling: Linda Hirst

Strawberry Pavlova

Wow guests with this standout dessert of Strawberry Pavlova. We adorn the top of this meringue with fresh strawberry halves and orange segments.

Coastal Living JUNE 2013

  • Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings
  • Cook time:1 Hour, 30 Minutes
  • Prep time:20 Minutes
  • Cool:2 Hours

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

Preparation

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.

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

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