Strawberry Orange Pavlova
Pavlova is a classic Spring dessert. Crispy meringue nests make an
elegant, yet simple dessert when filled with a delectable orange cream
and fresh berries. Prepared meringue nests are readily available at
grocery stores, usually in the cookie or baking section, or you can use
your favorite meringue recipe making each nest about 4 inches (10 cm)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup whipping cream (35%), divided
2 teaspoon grated orange rind
1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
8 meringue nests
- In a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, whisk
together sugar, eggs, 1/4 cup whipping cream, orange rind and juice.
Cook, whisking constantly, for about 10 minutes or until thick. Remove
from heat and whisk in butter until melted. Place plastic wrap directly
on the surface and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
- Trim hulls from strawberries and cut lengthwise into slices; set aside.
- In a chilled bowl, using an electric mixer, whip remaining 3/4
cup whipping cream to stiff peaks. Fold one quarter of the whipped
cream into orange mixture to lighten. Fold in remaining whipped cream
and half of the strawberries. (Can be covered and refrigerated for up
to 4 hours).
- Spoon filling into meringue nests and top with remaining strawberries.
- Serve immediately.
Makes 8 servings.