These mini pavlovas topped with a pretty pink berry cream and fresh berries would be the perfect dessert for any occasion, especially Valentine’s day! If you’re looking to impress someone with your mad baking skills, these pavlovas are not too difficult to make, yet stunning!
Don’t worry, it will still look like you slaved away in the kitchen all day making them too…I won’t tell if you won’t! 😉
Because the meringue needs to thoroughly dry in the oven, a liquid sweetener is not suggested. I tried making honey meringues before only to wake up to meringue “puddles” in the container. They just dissolve with too much moisture, so for these desserts, granulated sugar is your best bet. I used raw organic sugar, which is why they were a tad off-white, but regular white sugar will work as well.
I topped them with a whipped coconut + cream cheese + berry cream and a handful of fresh berries. Words cannot explain how amazing these were! Pavlova has a very distinct taste and texture which is hard to describe. If you haven’t already, you simply must try it for yourself in order to fully appreciate this unique dessert.
This is the type of treat you want to serve immediately after assembly, although you can bake the meringues ahead of time and keep dry in an airtight container until ready to use. Just top right before serving for them to be ultra fresh. 🙂
I kept a few leftovers in the fridge and they were still good the next day, but they melt fairly quickly when exposed to moisture. We didn’t have an issue with too many leftovers though…they’re so delicious, you’ll have to have some serious self-control in order to not eat them all yourself!! 😉
- 4 large egg whites (careful not to get any yolks)
- pinch of salt
- ¾ cup natural cane sugar
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- berry coconut cream, recipe below
- 4-5 cups fresh mixed berries of choice
- powdered sugar, optional
- fresh mint, optional
- 1 14 oz. can coconut cream, refrigerated overnight (just need the thick cream that hardens when refrigerated, discard liquid)
- 1 8 oz. container vegan cream cheese (or regular cream cheese), softened
- 3-6 tablespoons strawberry or raspberry powder (from ground freeze-dried berries)
- 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup, honey, or other sweetener of choice, to taste
- Preheat oven to 300F. Make sure your bowl and beaters are thoroughly clean and have no greasy residue, which can cause the egg whites not to fluff.
- Place the egg whites and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat the egg whites on high speed until it has become thick and foamy, about 1 minute. Gradually add sugar to the mixer and continue to beat for 5-10 minuntes on high speed, until smooth, glossy, and mixture holds a firm peak when you lift the whisk out of the meringue.
- Sift in cornstarch and add vinegar and vanilla. Carefully fold in with a rubber spatula until well incorporated.
- Place large dollops of meringue onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment. Should make about 9 or 10, depending on how large you make them. Use the back of a spoon to gently create an indent in each meringue which will hold the cream and berries.
- Place meringues into the oven on the middle rack and bake for 30-45 minutes, until golden brown and dry and crisp on the outside. Turn off heat and leave in the oven to cool down. Pavlovas should be firm on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside.
- Let cool completely before adding the cream and fruit. Top with the berry cream and fresh berries. Give them a dusting of powdered sugar and top with a sprig of fresh mint. Makes 9 or 10 pavlovas.
- Berry Cream:
- Open the cold can of coconut cream and discard any liquid, if any. Remove all of the firm coconut cream and place into your mixing bowl. Beat on medium-high speed for several minutes, until fluffy. Add cream cheese and continue to beat until fluffy. Stir in strawberry powder (so it doesn't blow everywhere, enough to taste, and mix in enough sweetener to suit your taste.