A triple layer pavlova piled high with strawberries and whipped cream that is gently flavored with elderflower and vanilla. It's a light dessert using seasonal strawberries, elegant and delicious this makes a great summertime dessert. The recipe is adapted from Ina Garten. —sdebrango
large egg whites at room temperature
pinch kosher salt
corn starch or corn flour
Strawberries and Whipped Cream and assembly
punnet of fresh strawberries, cleaned, green removed and cut in half
1 1/2 cups
whipping cream or heavy cream
super fine sugar (sweeten to your desired sweetness)
Pre heat oven to 200 degree's. Prepare a half and quarter sheet pan, lining with parchment. Cut out or use pre cut parchment rounds on top of the parchment, 2 on 1/2 sheet pan and 1 on quarter sheet pan.
Whip the egg whites and salt until thick and creamy. Add the sugar a tbs at a time untill the egg whites are stiff and glossy. Remove from stand mixer and sift the corn starch on the egg whites, add the vanilla and gently fold until combined.
Spoon some of the egg whites on each parchment round and smooth into a rough circle. Bake for 1 1/2 hours, turn off oven and let stand in the oven until completely cool at least another hour.
Sprinkle the sugar on the berries and macerate for at least an hour. Drain and save the syrup, it's great on the finished dessert. Whip the cream and refrigerate until ready to use.
Peel the parchment round from the cooled meringue and lay first layer on serving platter. Pile on strawberries and top with some whipped cream. Place another layer on top adding more strawberries and cream. Place top layer on and add the rest of the whipped cream and decorate with strawberries. Serve immediately.
I have loved to cook for as long as I can remember, am self taught learning as I go. I come from a large Italian family and food was at the center of almost every gathering. My grandfather made his own wine and I remember the barrels of wine in the cellar of my grandfathers home, I watched my mother and aunts making homemade pasta and remember how wonderful it was to sit down to a truly amazing dinner. Cooking for me is a way to express myself its my creative outlet. I enjoy making all types of food but especially enjoy baking,
I live in Brooklyn, NY, and I share my home with my two dogs Izzy and Nando.
I like to collect cookbooks and scour magazines and newspapers for recipes. I hope one day to organize them.