Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Mixed-Fruit Pavlova


A lovely casual-but-special dessert, pavlova makes good sense after last week's egg-yolk-heavy German chocolate cake. The rule of thumb is 1/4 cup of sugar for every egg white, plus a dash of cream of tartar and a little vanilla. If I'm going to fill it with peaches, I use almond extract too.

This one is filled with green grapes, strawberries, and sweet cherries--I had planned to include two peaches, but Giles got to them first. Fruit gets nice and juicy if set in the fridge with the juice of a lime and a little brown sugar ahead of time. Pile it in on top of whipped cream.

My egg whites were from neighbor Phyllis' super power chickens. They needed about thirty seconds in the mixer--seriously--before they were standing up as straight as a ruler, and about as thick as butter.

11 comments:

Polly said...

I've never had a pavlova before, but this seems like the perfect way to use the extraordinary quantities of fresh local fruit we've got this year (thanks to a CSA). Peaches, absolutely.

Jen said...

Ohh--we enjoyed pavlova many times while we were in Australia! Yum!!! It looks delicious. I might pull out my recipe straight from "down under" and try some here!

Christian @ Modobject at Home said...

Gorgeous! I think I could quite happily manage some for breakfast. It's the perfect summer dessert... cool, light, and fruity.

Sharon said...

Anna,

Thanks for the inspiration! I have always wanted to make Pavlova, now I need to :)

Have a blessed day!

~Sharon

swedishcowboy said...

I've got some of those power chickens in the back yard. Might have to try this . . .

Mrs. Mordecai said...

I remember making a pavlova when I was a girl and thinking it was about the fanciest thing in existence. Yours looks excellent.

Jenn@Spejory said...

Sounds yummy. My son had to make this as part of a homeschool project. I should really make this again...

Elisabeth said...

this has nothing to do with the pavlova, but i just had to leave you a comment. =) i found you through angie smith (WONderful lady that she is!), and i am now hooked. your life is just beautiful...and i love all your sewing, quilting, whatever-ing projects. i have gone through & read every blog post from the beginning of your blog, and i LOVE it!! y'all have such a fresh and wholesome way of looking at life...philosophies not so far off from the way my siblings and i have been reared. blessings to you, and keep up the blogging. you have a new committed reader!!! =)

Mel said...

Your pavlova sounds lovely! Being Australian I have had many a pavlova in my life :^) Such a lovely, light, summery dessert!

Lynne in NC said...

Anna,
What a treat! My BIL in New Zealand fixes pavlova frequently.
When we visited him and his lovely wife about 20 years ago we all had this for the first time at a farmstay near Queenstown.
When he's home this October, he's got to make it for us!
Your version looks so delicious.
Peace.

Alyson & Ford said...

Just found your blog, loved reading many posts. Your life is a great mix of talent, love of family and sensible. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face.... now if I could only get the dust off my sewing machine!

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