This dessert is wonderful any time of the year, but during the warm spring and summer months, it is especially delightful.
If you’re looking for a unique dessert that’s not too heavy, not overly sweet, and a little different, you are going to love this recipe. The baked meringue topped with fresh whipped cream and macerated (sweetened) fresh strawberries is a dessert lover’s dream come true. The meringue can even be made up to 24 hours in advance!
How To Make Strawberry Pavlova
We had a wonderful fan ask us to come up with a recipe for this dessert. We began our due diligence and learned about the colorful history of this incredible dish.
It’s debated whether it originated in Australia or New Zealand, but it is agreed upon that is named for the Russian ballerina named Anna Pavlova.
All we can tell, after much testing, we can attest that it is one of the best desserts we’ve ever prepared and served. It’s amazing!
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The Ingredients You Will Need
There are just a handful of ingredients in this wonderful dessert, but they come together to make such a glorious looking and tasting dish.
Here’s What You’ll Need to Have on Hand
Egg whites – Room temp. Save the egg yolks to make Caesar salad or mayonnaise
Sugar – Granulated
Vanilla extract – Madagascar is an excellent choice
Lemon juice – Fresh is best, usually from half of a lemon
Strawberries – Fresh is definitely best, sliced and mixed with sugar (leave a few fresh ones without the sugar for topping the pavlova)
EXPERT TIP: Stop beating the egg whites just when they form stiff peaks. If you over-beat them, it could cause the meringue to collapse a bit during the baking process. Use a small spatula, or the back of a spoon, to gently spread the meringue on the parchment paper within a 9-inch circle.
Tips for Making Perfect Strawberry Pavlova
Let the meringue cool completely – After the meringue has baked at 250°F for one hour. Turn the oven off and let the pavlova cool in the oven for 2 hours. At this point, the pavlova can be stored in a cool place, preferably covered, for up to 24 hours before topping.
Arrange fresh strawberries on top – Using a combination of macerated sliced strawberries and fresh whole berries makes for a gorgeous presentation. Spoon a little of the juice from the macerated strawberries so it drizzles the sides in a few places.
Serve the pavlova immediately – Although you can make the baked meringue ahead of time, don’t top it with the cream and strawberries until just before serving. If you do add it to far in advance, it will still be delicious, but the meringue could get soggy.
How To Serve
The pavlova can be sliced similar to how you would slice a pie.
Don’t worry if you don’t get a perfectly shaped pie shape for each portion. It’s intended to be a little “sloppy.”
If desired, you can top it with additional fruit, such as blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, and sliced kiwi.
Other Amazing Classic Dessert Recipes To Try
If you’re a fan a sweet ending to a wonderful meal, then these classic recipes are sure to get your really excited:
Lemon Meringue Pie
Banana Pudding Trifle
Red, White, and Blue Trifle
Homemade Chocolate Eclairs
Classic Chocolate Cake
Old-Fashioned Linzer Bars
Key Lime Pie
Coconut and Lemon Curd Cupcakes
Chocolate and Marshmallow Cupcakes
These are all amazing in their own right, but take a look at this pavlova. Isn’t it calling your name?
This dessert just screams summer yumminess. But, it’s so good, you’ll be tempted to serve it all year long!
Remember, you can prepare the meringue up to one day in advance, but don’t top it until soon before you are going to serve it (no more than an hour ahead of serving time).
When we serve this pavlova, we always get rave reviews and requests for the recipe. We have no doubt you will experience the same thing. It’s become Wesley’s new all-time favorite dessert. Now, that’s saying something!
Ready to make the best dessert this side of Australia and New Zealand? Go for it!
And when you do, be sure to take a photo of it, post it on Instagram, and tag @HowToFeedaLoon and hashtag #HowToFeedaLoon!
- Parchment paper
- Stand mixer with whisk Or hand mixer
- Baking sheet
- 4 egg whites room temperature
- 1 tbsp corn starch
- 1 cup sugar plus tbsp for the whipped cream
- 2 tsp vanilla extract divided
- 1 tsp lemon juice fresh
- 1½ cups heavy cream
For the Macerated Strawberries
- 16 oz strawberries sliced, leave some whole, for garnish
- 2 tbsp sugar
- Preheat oven to 250°F and place a baking rack in the lower third of the oven.
- Place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet and use a 9-inch cake pan to draw a circle on the paper with a pen. Flip the paper over.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium for about 1 minute. Add in the cornstarch and continue beating for another 3 minutes, until foamy. You may need to use a small spatula to scrape down some of the cornstarch from the sides of the bowl.4 egg whites, 1 tbsp corn starch
- Raise the speed to as high as it will go and gradually add in the sugar. Continue to beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 8 minutes. Turn the mixer off and add 1 tsp vanilla and the lemon juice. Turn the mixer back on high and mix until all is combined.1 cup sugar, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp lemon juice
- Transfer the meringue from the bowl (and whisk) onto the parchment paper. Use the back of a large spoon or a spatula to spread the meringue into a sphere within the circle you drew on the parchment paper. Use the spoon to create a little indention on the top and create small little "whisps" on the sides.
- Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 1 hour. Turn the oven off and let the meringue rest (in the oven) for 2 hours.
- About 1 hour before serving, place the sliced strawberries in a medium bowl and sprinkle in 2 tbsp of sugar. Toss with a wooden spoon and place in the refrigerator.16 oz strawberries, 2 tbsp sugar
- Gently remove the parchment paper from the baked meringue and place the meringue on a platter.
- Use your stand mixer with the whisk attachment (cleaned) or a hand mixer to beat together the cream with 2 tbsp of sugar and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Beat on high until soft peaks form.1½ cups heavy cream
- Use a large spoon to transfer the whipped cream on top of the baked meringue. Top with the macerated strawberries, spooning some of the juice onto the pavlova so it drizzles down the sides. Top with a few whole strawberries, if desired. Serve at once.