1.19.2012

Orange Pavlova


I've been eating Pavlova for a while now and I had no idea that this delicious dessert was named after the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova. Actually,  now that I mention it, this dessert kind of looks like a little tutu, doesn't it? I guess we learn something new everyday. 


If you are not familiar with this dessert, it's a crispy meringue with a marshmallow-like consistency in the inside. It's usually topped with whipped cream and berries or other fresh fruits. You can make this a one big Pavlova to share or make individual servings like I did. 


One of the things that I love about it is that you can make everything ahead of time and it's very simple and fast to assemble and it looks fabulous. To me, this is ideal for summer parties. 



I was inspired by the citrus season and went ahead and changed things a little bit. I made an orange cream, probably a bit more than what I needed for this recipe but it's so good you can eat it with so many other things like bread, cookies or even for breakfast with pancakes, croissants or brioche. I also made a very simple orange sauce and topped it with fresh kiwi. 




Ingredients:

Orange sauce

4 cups orange juice
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp dark rum
1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring it to a boil
and reduce to half. Remove from heat and let it cool completely. 

Orange cream

3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
the zest of 3 oranges
1 cup sugar
5 large eggs
12 tbsp butter

Combine all the ingredients (except butter) in a heatproof bowl and place it over a saucepan of simmering water. Make sure the bowl is not touching the water. Cook whisking constantly until the mixture has thickened, about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a blender and mix on high speed. With the blender still running, add the butter, a couple of pieces at the time. When the butter is fully incorporated, let the cream blend for 5 minutes more. It should be light and silky. Let it come to room temperature and refrigerate for 1 hours before serving. 

Meringues

5 large egg whites
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tbsp corn starch, sifted
1 tsp white vinegar
1/2 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 300 F.
Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside. 
In an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment on medium speed, beat the egg whites and salt until frothy, about 1 minute. Gradually add the sugar, one tablespoon at a time. Increase the speed to high and beat until stiff peaks form. Mix in the vanilla and vinegar and mix until glossy and thick. Using an spatula, lightly fold in the corn starch. Spoon the meringue into the sheet pan creating little nest with the back of the spoon. You will get about 9 4-inch meringues nest.
Bake for 1 hour. Turn off the oven and let the meringues dry inside with the oven door closed for another hour. Don't peek! you'll let the heat out. Let it cool completely.

To assemble
4 Kiwis, peeled and sliced

Spoon some orange cream in the center of the meringue, add kiwi and spoon orange sauce around the Pavlova. Serve immediately. 

9 comments:

  1. It's a very unique looking dessert! It changes from the common cookie for sure. And I imagine the texture as I give it a bite...
    I think you should always include a summary of total prep/cooking times before the recipe so that people know how much time they need if ever they venture into your recipe.

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  2. I love pavlova, never had it with orange, very interesting.

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  3. Beautiful blog! first time here and loving what I see.

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    1. Thank you and welcome! I'm glad you stopped by.

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  4. Gorgeous looking dessert. I still have to try my first pavlova!

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    1. Thank you! oh you would love it! really addictive.

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  5. With snow still on the ground, this delightful dessert looks like spring is right around the corner! A refreshing, delicious dessert. The orange is a superb idea! Love it -- and your blog!

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  6. This sounds delicious....is there anything I can use as an alternative to butter?

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    1. I would try to just leave the butter out, no need to replace it with anything. probably it won't be as thick and creamy but it will still be good. Thank you for stopping by!!

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