Strawberries and Cream Pavlova


I almost didn't put this recipe up because it's just too easy. I could've done so many fancy things with this pavlova (strawberry fluid gel, meringue shards, diplomat cream, and strawberry powder were all thoughts floating around in my mind), but I didn't. Sometimes, all you need is a few fresh strawberries and some sweetened whipped cream.


It's weird that I have this feeling of guilt for putting something so simple up on the blog. I try to do more challenging things for the most part - whether it's making something look perfect or a technique that most people find difficult - and by putting up a recipe that barely even requires a recipe feels almost like a cop-out to me. I bet there's a hundred other recipes out there for this exact thing, yet here I am adding one more to the list.

The potential to make this dessert something different, something more, was very tempting. Part of me really wanted to make this a 6 or 7 component dessert with all kinds of fancy and delicate details.


But then I thought to myself,

"What do I want to eat? Right now, do I want to eat fluid gel and meringue shards and strawberry powder? Is that really going to make this dessert that much tastier?"

And the answer was not really. Yeah, I could've done those extra things and it probably would've been tasty, but would it have been better than a simple vanilla chantilly and fresh strawberries? I don't think so. 'Cause this was one tasty dessert. 

Sometimes I need a little reminder that things don't have to be complicated and challenging to be good. Something that takes very little effort and skill is just as worthy of being on this blog as my fanciest macaron or mousse cake. 



Strawberries and Cream Pavlova
Makes 5 individual pavlovas

Meringue Nests

125 g egg whites
pinch of salt
250 g granulated sugar

Chantilly

200 g heavy cream
20 g icing sugar
2 g vanilla paste or 1 vanilla bean

To finish

Fresh strawberries
Icing sugar


For the meringue nests, preheat the oven to 200 F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment, combine the egg whites and pinch of salt. Whip on medium-high speed until the egg whites look foamy and frothy. Slowly stream in the sugar, then increase the speed to high and whip until the mixture is glossy and holds stiff peaks.

Portion the meringue into five mounds on the baking sheet and use a spoon to create a well in the centre of each one.

Bake the pavlovas for 1 1/2 hours, then turn off the oven and leave the meringues in the oven to cool completely. 

For the chantilly, combine the heavy cream, icing sugar, and vanilla paste (or seeds from the vanilla bean) and whip on medium-high until medium peaks form. 

Rinse your strawberries and halve some of them, while keeping the rest whole.

When ready to assemble, spoon the chantilly into the meringue nests and top with strawberries. Dust with a bit of icing sugar and serve immediately.

16 comments:

  1. you cant be strawberries, cream and meringue beautiful photos as always.

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  2. I'm with you. Sometimes the best things in life are the simple things. This pavlova looks absolutely gorgeous - you did such a lovely job. I could eat this right out of my screen, your photography is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much! :) When you have such gorgeous little strawberries, taking beautiful photos of them is easy

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  3. This is such a stunning pavlova! I love the simplicity of it.

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  4. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best...this looks like a perfect example of that. Strawberries + cream is always perfection :)

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    1. Exactly, classic flavour combos are classic for a reason - no need to make it complicated.

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  5. I simply adore these beauties! So perfect

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  6. I made meringue nests with a raspberry chantilly cream and I felt guilty too at the simplicity of the recipe when I put it on the blog. However it was really tasty and I think meringue nests look great. I agree about the trickier recipes, they're the ones that everyone loves the look of, but it's recipes like this that are perfect for dinner parties that are going to be pinned and made by people.

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    1. I now think that if something is tasty, it can go on the blog, no matter how simple! I totally understand - not many people are going to make strawberry fluid gel, but I bet a lot of people can (and want) to make this. It's a little more approachable for the average person.

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  7. Megan, all of your food is so beautiful. I love how you made the meringue into nests. I love your blog!!!

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    1. Thank you so much! That's so kind of you :)

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  8. We are impressed by your clear description of your topic. Thanks for the information.

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