The pavlova is as fun to say as it is to make. You see, making one is an event. It is not difficult if you follow instructions well; but, like all good things in life, it does take some time. No drama, baby, just patience.
Preheat oven to 250°F.
- 6 egg whites
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1 1/2 cups sugar (preferably caster sugar which is extra fine, not as gritty as regular)
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
- 1/2 cup Nutella
- 1/8 cup powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
- 2 pints variety fresh blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries
Let eggs come to room temperature. Place egg whites in mixing bowl and save egg yolks for another recipe.
Whip egg yolks until frothy and white. Sprinkle cornstarch and vinegar over eggs. Whip together. Add sugar a couple tablespoons at a time while continuing to whip. Add almond extract. Whip until glossy and has stiff peaks.
Line two half sheet pans with parchment paper. Form three 8-inch circles about 2 inches high each with meringue.
Bake for 1 1/4 hours. Reduce heat to 150 and bake another hour. Turn oven off and allow to cool completely in oven (about an hour).
While waiting for pavlova to cool, you can make the whipped cream and prepare the berries.
To make whipped cream, whip heavy cream in a clean mixing bowl. Once it reaches soft peaks, add Nutella and powdered sugar. Whip to stiff peaks.
Rinse berries and allow to dry on a sheet pan lined with paper towels. I like to cut the strawberries into quarters so they are easy to enjoy; but, if you’re looking for just a little more drama, you can leave all or some of them whole.