Passover Fruit Pavlova
by Stella Zedman
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A wonderful light dessert that can be served at the end of a heavy Seder meal. If you observe kosher dietary laws, you can use non-dairy whipped topping instead of the whipped cream as a filling when this delicious Passover fruit pavlova follows a meat meal.
- Meringue shell:
- 3 egg whites, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup (175 mL) sugar, divided
- 2 tsp (10 mL) potato starch
- 1 tsp (5 mL) white vinegar
- 1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla
- 1 cup (250 mL) whipping cream
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) sugar
- 2 cups (500 mL) prepared fruit or berries (see fruit ideas, below)
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Line a cookie sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper and lightly grease the paper.
- In a large, bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until they start to form very soft peaks. (When you lift the beaters out of the bowl, the peaks will be droopy.) Now very gradually add 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the sugar, a spoonful at a time, while beating the mixture constantly until it forms a stiff and glossy meringue. (The mixture should be stiff enough to form a non-droopy point when you lift the beater out of the bowl.)
- In a small bowl, stir together the remaining 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the sugar and the potato starch. Very gently fold this mixture into the meringue using a rubber spatula, taking care not to deflate the foam. Finally, fold in the vinegar and the vanilla.
- Dump the meringue out onto the prepared baking pan and spread it evenly into a 7 or 8-inch (18 or 20 cm) circle. Build the edges up just a bit to form a rim. Bake for 50 minutes, then turn off the oven and let cool for 3 hours.
- No more than one hour before you want to serve the dessert, whip the cream with the 2 tbsp (30 mL) of sugar until stiff. Spoon into the meringue shell and top with fresh fruit.
Tips & Tricks
Fresh strawberries, hulled and halved, if large
Kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced or quartered
Blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries, rinsed
Peaches or nectarines, peeled and sliced
Mangoes, peeled and cut into chunks
Pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
How kids can help:
An older child (12 and up) can help to form the meringue shell on the baking sheet.
Younger kids can prepare fruit and arrange it in the shell at serving time.