With the cold crisp dry air we have been having I decided to make Pavlova since it turns out the very best when the air is dry. This is one of the easiest desserts to make if you can beat an egg, and whip some cream you can do this.
- 4 egg whites (separate each egg into a little cup before adding it to your glass or metal bowl that has had a warm water wash to free it from grease)
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- Prepare your baking sheet first. Lay down a strip of parchment paper or waxed paper on your cookie sheet. Lay a luncheon sized plate down in the center and trace around it. It will enlarge to fit on a dinner sized plate.
- Preheat your oven to 300 F. I did mine in a convection oven at 275. F
- Beat your egg whites and cream of tartar in a large bowl with a stand mixer or a hand mixer until soft peaks form.
- Slowly add your sugar.
- Combine the vinegar and the cornstarch in a small bowl. Add to the egg white while you are beating.
- Add vanilla and beat until very stiff. You should be able to turn your bowl upside down.
- Spread the egg whites onto the parchment paper, just to the edges of your tracing.
- Bake for an hour. Open up the oven and have a peek. The meringue should feel dry and no longer soft. If need be, leave it in another 10 minutes and check.
- Leave the meringue in the oven and turn it off. Leave in until completely cooled.
Beat 2 cups of whipping cream and spread over top the meringue just before serving.
Slice kiwi and put pomegranate seeds on top for a Christmas dessert or strawberries and kiwi or whatever is pretty and in season.