Baking this show-stopping pavlova is not for the faint of heart, but it’s definitely worth the work.
Pavlova with Blackberry Compote
- 4 large egg whites, room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 3 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup whipped cream
- Blackberries, strawberries and raspberries
- For the compote:
- 2 cups blackberries
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- In a large, clean bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the egg whites and salt until stiff peaks form.
- Gradually add sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, whisking after each addition for about 1 minute. Whisk until sugar has dissolved, the meringue mixture should not be grainy. After all of the sugar has been added, whisk on high for 3 minutes until thick and glossy.
- Combine the cornstarch, vanilla and vinegar in a small bowl. Pour into the meringue mixture and whisk until just combined.
- Place a round piece of parchment paper on the cookie sheet or pizza tray you will be using, about 12 inches wide. Scoop the meringue mixture onto the parchment paper, forming an 8-or-9-inch circle in diameter. Using a spatula or spoon, gently shape the pavlova. Start at the bottom and pull up, moving around the circle creating neat lines.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 250 degrees and place the shaped pavlova in the oven on the middle shelf. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, the pavlova should be browned.
- Turn off the oven without opening the oven door. Keep the oven door closed for 3 hours, or even overnight.
- Pavlova should be completely cooled. Put whipped cream on the center of the pavlova, and top with compote and berries to serve.
- For the compote: Combine blackberries, sugar and salt in a small saucepan. Turn heat to medium, stirring occasionally. Berries will release juices. Stir as mixture starts to bubble, about 3-5 minutes. Increase to medium-high heat and boil 5-6 minutes or until berries are softened and juices begin to thicken. Dissolve cornstarch and lemon juice and add to the pan. Stir to combine and allow to thicken for 1 minute. Add water if too thick.