Sunday, January 31, 2016

Pavlova with Blueberry Sauce

We had friends over for dinner yesterday and I wanted to create a special ta da dessert.
I have always wanted to make Pavlova, because it is so pretty, but I thought it must be complicated.
Guess what?  It is very easy!!

Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. It is a meringue cake with a crisp crust and soft, light inside, usually topped with fruit and, optionally, whipped cream.
I made individual ones, but you can also make one large one.
Yield 8-10 Servings
1 - 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons corn starch
6 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
pinch of salt
1 teaspoons vanilla extract

Blueberry Sauce
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest

Whipped Cream
8 ounces heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Fresh blueberries
Lemon Zest
Mint leaves

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.  In a bowl mix together sugar and corn starch.  Set aside.  In a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer on medium speed, mix egg whites and cream of tarter until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes.  Increase speed to high and slowly add the sugar mixture and vanilla.  Beat on high until glossy and stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes. 

Place parchment paper on a baking sheet.  Dollop meringue onto cookie sheet in 4 inch circles.  Using a spoon make indents in the of the meringue (this will be where your whipped cream and blueberry sauce will eventually go.

Bake in preheated oven 60 minutes.  Turn oven off and leave in oven at least 1 hour to cool.   Remove and let cool completely, uncovered in a dry place.

To make blueberry sauce, combine all of the ingredients in a sauce pan and cook on medium low heat, to a simmer for 6-8 minutes.  Remove from heat and let cool.

To serve, place individual Pavlova on a plate.  Top with a dollop of whipped cream, some blueberry sauce, another small dollop of whipped cream, a sprinkle of fresh blueberries, lemon zest and a mint leaf.

Pretty, isn't it?

Friday, January 22, 2016

Ice Ice Baby and Coastal Dreams

Ice Ice Baby!
We are having a little ice storm that is supposed to be followed by 1-4 inches of snow.  Not much compared to other parts of the country.
So what do you do when your front yard looks like this?

I do a little coastal dreaming by the fireplace.
I am curling up with this magazine and a cup of hot tea
And do a little dreamer of warmer days to come.
Stay safe and warm!