Mini Pavlovas with Lemon Curd

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Mini pavlovas with lemon curd and macerated strawberries. They’re an excellent make-ahead dessert!

Mini pavlovas are an excellent dessert to feed a crowd. The elements may be made forward of time and if you’re able to serve, the pavlovas may be crammed. This manner they keep crispy on the surface, and smooth and marshmallowy on the within.

bird's eye view of mini pavlovas with lemon curd
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Mini pavlova nests

A pavlova is a scrumptious meringue cake named after a Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova. These single-serve pavlovas are product of meringue that’s piped like nests on parchment paper. Bake them in a low oven till dry and crisp on the surface, with a marshmallow middle.

Pipe a flat circle first, then construct up sides across the circle by piping layers of meringue, round and round. These partitions will assist to maintain the fillings in place when serving.

Pavlovas want a dry atmosphere in an effort to keep crispy on the surface. For those who dwell in a damp atmosphere, this recipe may not work so nicely for you.

mini pavlovas with lemon curd

The fillings

Fill the mini meringue nests with whipped cream, home made lemon curd, and macerated strawberries and mint.

The tangy lemon curd and contemporary strawberries are the proper matches to the candy pavlova base.

Lemon curd

The lemon curd is similar to my normal lemon curd recipe, besides this time it is utilizing solely egg yolks as a thickener. It is utilizing all of the egg yolks which can be break up from the whites for the pavlova. That approach there isn’t any waste!

Macerated strawberries

Chop contemporary strawberries and macerate them in granulated sugar and shredded contemporary mint. The sugar attracts out the surplus moisture from the strawberries and enhances the flavour. I exploit this mixture in my strawberry Swiss roll too.

strawberries covered with mint and sugar

The elements

For this recipe, you will want –

Pavlovas

  • 5 giant egg whites
  • Sugar – Caster sugar works greatest as it is a a lot finer granule and can dissolve simpler. Nevertheless, if you haven’t any, granulated sugar works too.
  • Cornstarch
  • Lemon juice or white vinegar
  • Vanilla extract or paste
  • Heavy cream (for topping)

Lemon curd

  • 5 giant egg yolks
  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon zest
  • Granulated sugar
  • Butter
  • Salt

Macerated Strawberries

  • Recent strawberries
  • Granulated sugar
  • Recent mint leaves

The strategy

Pavlovas

Start with the pavlovas as they’ll take the longest. I bake them on one giant baking tray, however you can even break up them over two trays.

Separate 5 eggs. Preserve the yolks in a separate bowl, you will want them later for the curd. In a bowl of a stand mixer, or in a big bowl with electrical hand beaters, add the egg whites.

Beat on excessive for about 1 minute till they’re foamy. Slowly start including within the sugar, a tablespoon at a time. Preserve beating on excessive till the egg whites are thick, clean, and shiny, and maintain stiff peaks.

meringue peaks

Flip the beater on low, and blend within the cornstarch, lemon juice, or vinegar and vanilla.

Line one or two giant baking trays.

Spoon the meringue right into a piping bag and pipe 8 flat circles evenly on one giant tray, or 4 on every tray if utilizing two. Guarantee there may be about 8-10cm between every pavlova. As soon as your 8 circles are piped, start piping partitions round every circle and constructing your pavlovas as much as create little nests, or mini meringue cups.

meringue nests

You can even skip the piping bag and easily place 8 spoonfuls of meringue on the trays. If doing that, use the again of a spoon to make indents within the meringue to create the nest.

Bake them in a low oven at 110°C/230°F for 1 hour and quarter-hour. Then flip off the oven and let the pavlovas cool in there for no less than two hours till crisp.

Lemon curd

In a microwave-proof bowl, whisk collectively the reserved egg yolks and sugar till nicely mixed, then whisk within the lemon juice and zest.

Place the bowl within the microwave and cook dinner in 40-second increments, stirring every time for round 4 minutes in complete. This time could improve or lower relying in your microwave energy.

Verify that the curd is thick sufficient by dipping in a steel spoon. The curd ought to simply coat the again of the spoon.

Stir the chilly cubed butter by way of the new curd and stir till clean, then pour the completed curd by way of a sieve right into a clear jar. It is going to thicken because it cools.

Alternatively, in case you have no microwave you may make the curd in a scorching water bathtub, see learn how to on this lemon curd publish.

Strawberries

Chop contemporary strawberries into small items and add them to a bowl together with sugar and contemporary mint. Stir, then depart it to take a seat for no less than quarter-hour.

Cream

In a bowl, whip the heavy cream till medium peaks kind.

Serving

When able to serve, fill the pavlovas with a spoonful of whipped cream, lemon curd and high it with the strawberries. As soon as the pavlovas are crammed they’re greatest served right away.

mini pavlovas with lemon curd

Make forward

All of the elements of this mini pavlova recipe may be made forward of time.

  • The mini pavlovas – These may be made as much as 4 days forward of time and saved in a dry, hermetic container at room tempertaure. Be aware- they have to be saved dry, so in very humid locations this will likely not work as nicely
  • Lemon curd – This may be made as much as per week prematurely and saved within the fridge, or it may be frozen for as much as three months. In case you are making the curd earlier than the pavlovas, the egg whites may be frozen till you are able to make the meringue.
  • Macerated strawberries – These may be ready as much as 3 days prematurely
  • and saved within the fridge in an hermetic container.
  • Whipped cream – This may be ready as much as a day in adance and saved within the fridge in an hermetic container.

Different topping concepts

If lemon curd is not what you are craving you possibly can strive –

  • Berries and cream
  • Chocolate ganache
  • Passionfruit curd
  • Kiwifruit and cream
a half eaten mini pavlova

Yield: 8

Mini Pavlovas with Lemon Curd

bird's eye view of mini pavlovas with lemon curd

Mini pavlovas with lemon curd and macerated strawberries. They’re an excellent make-ahead dessert!

Prep Time
20 minutes

Prepare dinner Time
1 hour quarter-hour

Cooling time
2 hours

Complete Time
3 hours 35 minutes

Elements

Pavlovas

  • 5 giant egg whites
  • 250g caster sugar or granulated sugar*
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice or white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste

Curd

  • 5 giant egg yolks
  • 150g granulated sugar
  • 125ml lemon juice
  • Zest of a lemon
  • 100g unsalted butter, cubed
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt

Strawberries

  • 200g contemporary strawberries
  • 20g granulated sugar
  • 5-6 giant mint leaves, shreddded

Cream

Directions

Pavlovas

  1. Preheat the oven to 110°C/230°F common oven (no fan-bake.)
  2. Separate 5 eggs. (Place the yolks in a small bowl and set them apart for the curd.)
  3. Place the whites in a clear bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk on excessive for round a minute till the whites are foamy. Start including within the sugar, a tablespoon at a time, and preserve whisking on excessive. The combination will turn into thick, shiny, and shiny. Whisk till the sugar has dissolved and the combination is thick and glossy. It will occur the quickest with castor sugar. If utilizing granulated sugar, whisk till the combination could be very thick and really shiny, however there should be just a few very small granules when some combination is rubbed between your fingers. You do not need to overbeat the egg whites.
  4. Flip the mixer on low and blend within the cornstarch, vanilla, and lemon juice.
  5. Line a big baking tray with parchment paper.
  6. Spoon the meringue right into a piping bag and pipe 8 flat circles evenly on one giant tray, or 4 on every tray if utilizing two trays. Guarantee there may be about 8-10cm between every pavlova. As soon as your 8 circles are piped, start piping partitions round every circle and constructing your pavlovas as much as create little meringue cups.
  7. Bake for 1 hour and quarter-hour. Flip off the oven and let the pavlovas cool in there for no less than two hours till cooled and crisp. Do not open the oven through the baking and cooling interval.

Lemon curd

  1. In a microwave-proof bowl, whisk collectively the reserved egg yolks and sugar till nicely mixed, then whisk within the lemon juice and zest.
  2. Place the bowl within the microwave and cook dinner in 40-second increments, stirring every time for round 4 minutes in complete. This time could improve or lower relying in your microwave energy.
  3. Verify that the curd is thick sufficient by dipping in a steel spoon. The curd ought to simply coat the again of the spoon.
  4. Stir the chilly cubed butter by way of the new curd and stir till clean, then pour the completed curd by way of a sieve right into a clear jar. It is going to thicken because it cools. Alternatively, in case you have no microwave you may make the curd in a scorching water bathtub, see learn how to on this lemon curd publish.

Strawberries

  1. Chop contemporary strawberries into small items and add them to a bowl together with sugar and contemporary mint. Stir, then depart it to take a seat for no less than quarter-hour.

Cream

  1. In a bowl, use electrical beaters to whip the cream till medium peaks kind.

Serving

  1. Fill the pavlovas with a spoonful of whipped cream, lemon curd, and high it with the strawberries. As soon as the pavlovas are crammed they’re greatest served right away.

Notes

All of the elements of this mini pavlova recipe may be made forward of time. See the above publish for particulars.

*Caster sugar works greatest for pavlovas, because the finer granules will dissolve extra simply. Granulated sugar does nonetheless work too, it is going to simply not dissolve as nicely.

Diet Info:

Yield:

8

Serving Dimension:

1

Quantity Per Serving:
Energy: 473Complete Fats: 25gSaturated Fats: 15gTrans Fats: 0gUnsaturated Fats: 9gLdl cholesterol: 202mgSodium: 132mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 1gSugar: 54gProtein: 8g