Merry Christmas! No but seriously I’m just going to state the obvious, these totally look like I was making a Christmas inspired dessert. Not what I was going for seeing as it’s September, rather I was just wanting to make a dainty and delicate dessert and these lovely colored desserts just happened to be it. I’ve been wanting to post pavlovas and have had this combination in mind for quite some time, so I couldn’t take not trying it out any longer. You’ve got to love the randomness of my food blog right :)? Maybe it would have been wise to wait until the holidays get closer to post them – but really these are so good that, like me, you won’t want to wait for the holidays either. Just ask my husband, they left him speechless for like 5 of the longest seconds ever. I was waiting for a response after he’d taking his first bite (because he and my kids are the second opinion around here) and then finally he is like “wow!” That is like the best thing I’ve ever eaten!” I love when I can get a good review.
To give you an idea of what these are all about, just imagine having sweet, fluffy, marshmallow-like clouds which are entirely surrounded with a delicate, crisp, melt-away, candy-like shell and topping that with a fluffy, cheesecake inspired, cream topping that’s covered with a tart, fresh raspberry sauce and then slowly pressing a fork longingly through each of those layers as the delicate meringue cracks and glides through it’s soft center, then gently carrying all of that food bliss (as not to allow even a spec of sauce to fall and waste even a drop) to your dessert parched mouth :) – yes, basically these have become something I’ll dream about. Even though these aren’t the quickest dessert that can be made, they’ll have you feeling that they are definitely well worth the wait once your try them. Raspberry cheesecake lovers, don’t pass this one by.
Oh and please don’t toss those egg yolks, make ice cream, pudding, mousse, fruit curd, egg nog, fettucine alfredo – there’s plenty good uses for them. Enjoy!
Before and after.
Individual Pavlovas with Cream Cheese Whipped Cream and Raspberry Sauce
Yield: 8 to 10 servings
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 6 large egg whites
- 1/4 + 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Fresh mint , for garnish (optional)
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 2 1/4 tsp cornstarch
- 18 oz fresh raspberries (frozen would work too)
- 1/3 cup water
Cream Cheese Whipped Cream
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together sugar and cornstarch. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip egg whites with cream of tartar and salt on medium speed until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes. Increase speed to medium-high and slowly add in sugar mixture (I just continuously added 1 heaping tbsp at a time one right after the other), then increase speed to high and whip until stiff glossy peaks form, about 5 minutes, adding in vanilla during last minute of mixing.
Spoon and dollop meringue into 3 to 4-inch circles (depending on how large you want them) onto parchment paper lined baking sheets then use the back of the spoon to create slight dips in their centers. Bake in preheated oven 60 minutes, then leave in oven with door closed, turn off oven and allow to rest in oven 45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
To assemble, top meringues with Cream Cheese Whipped Cream then Raspberry Sauce and garnish with mint. Assemble just before serving.
For the raspberry sauce:
In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar and cornstarch. Stir in 1/3 cup water. Add half of the raspberries, then cook mixture over medium heat, whisking constantly until mixture has thickened. Remove from heat and cool completely. Stir in remaining raspberries. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.
For the cream cheese whipped cream:
In a mixing bowl whip heavy cream until soft peaks form then add sugar and vanilla and whip until nearly stiff peaks form. In a separate mixing bowl, whip cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add cream cheese to whipped cream mixture and whip until stiff peaks form. Store in refrigerator.
Recipe Source: Cooking Classy