Have you ever tasted Pavlova before??? If not, then you are in for a heavenly treat! It’s light as air with a crispy, crunchy shell on the outside and a marshmallow-like cloud center. The Whipped Cream Topping is folded with some of the Red Berry Sauce to top the scrumptious Pavlova. The piece de résistance is the fresh berries folded in berry sauce to crown the irresistible dessert. Serve Pavlova with Red Berry Sauce for a fancy dinner or a backyard brunch.
My recipe ingredients include superfine sugar. This is to ensure that the meringue is not gritty from larger grains of granulated sugar. You can buy it in the sugar section of the grocery store or make your own buy adding regular granulated sugar in a food processor fitted with a blade and pulse a few times. I like to make this recipe the day before serving by baking the meringue, turning off the oven, and leaving it in there overnight. If you’re baking and serving the Pavlova with Red Berry Sauce the same day, just remember that you will need extra time to let it sit in the turned off oven to cool.
This recipe has a delicious whipped topping with the addition of crème fraiche (or sour cream) to stabilize it and give it more body. A few tablespoons of the Red Berry Sauce are added for flavor and color. The fresh berries mixed in with the sauce on top are so bright and beautiful. This is really a stunning dessert that will have everyone talking. Pavlova with Red Berry Sauce is really so simple to make, believe it or not! Just follow the step by step instructions that I’ve made and it will be a successful Pavlova process.
WHAT IS PAVLOVA?
Pavlova is a popular dessert in New Zealand and Australia that is said to be named after a famous Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova. It’s thought that during a 1920’s tour to New Zealand and Australia the dessert was made up in honor of her. It is a meringue based dessert made with egg whites and sugar but meringues are usually solid throughout. Pavlovas are made with the addition of vinegar and cornstarch to give it a marshmallow-like center. To achieve this they need to be completely cooled in the oven after baking with the oven off.