Blueberry Mango Pavlova / Strange Times

Ah, Easter. Such a Spring-y, happy pretty occasion. My brother and I got to spend it with our fantastic aunt and uncle in Davis. Cynthia made an amazing brown rice with mushrooms and almonds dish ("seconds, please"), carrots, fresh snow peas from the garden. Jay grilled up a perfect cut of lamb. Family favorite mint jelly (note to self: make this). And I made dessert:


Blueberry Mango Pavlova
6 egg whites (room temperature)
1/2 t Cream of Tartar
pinch of salt
1.5 c sugar
1.5 T cornstarch
1.25 t vanilla
4 mangoes, cut up
1.25 c blueberries
whipped cream

Oven to 300°. My oven is a bit wonky and kept creeping up, so the end product wasn't perfect. And I am now likely to make a series of Pavlovas until I master that, so be warned. I based my recipe on Shuna's Pavlova (courtesy of Elise), so for technique, go there. But I didn't want to make individual ones, I wanted to make a big one. So I traced a 9" circle on parchment paper and filled that with a base for the meringue, then did big glops around the edge to make a 'bowl'. Like I said, it cooked too quickly due to my oven, so wasn't as pretty as I wanted it to be ... and was more crumbly too. Just before serving, fill the 'bowl' with whipped cream and top with mangoes and blueberries. Even the not-pretty meringue, once topped, cleans up good. This first attempt was simple, but I'm already thinking of ways to top it.

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