A chewy chocolatey marshmallow centre, filled with a fluffy pillow of cream and topped with sweet dark cherries; you’re going to drool over this chocolate cherry pavlova! Aren’t the holidays delicious?!
I’m super excited to share this simple holiday dessert with all of you! Maybe it’s in the spirit of giving or the fact that everyone will indulge in dessert around this time of year?!
While creating this recipe I wanted to make it simple yet a show stopper of a dessert to impress your guests at your next holiday party! And I think I’ve nailed it (if I don’t say so myself)!! Not only can you make this chocolate cherry pavlova well in advance but it’s also less than 10 ingredients! I’m going to bet you probably have all the ingredients in your house, minus a few that you can easily find in your local grocery store. By choosing a dessert that isn’t too time consuming or complicated you won’t be stuck for hours on end in the kitchen or chasing around the grocery stores looking for some exotic ingredient. I bet all of you have eggs, sugar and cocoa in your house, don’t you? Eggs are one of the most versatile ingredients, making your life easier during the holidays so you can spend more time with family and friends. Isn’t that what the holidays are all about?
Pavlovas are dried out and crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside making it a great combination of textures. As long as you keep moisture away from the pavlova you can make the shell weeks in advance. You can also make your cherry sauce ahead of time, so all you have to do on the day of is assemble the pavlova, cream, and cherry sauce. You’ll end up with a dessert that your guests will love and they’ll think you’re a super star (which you are of course!) with your impressive looking dessert.
There are a few tricks to making your meringue and it starts with separating the yolks from the whites! I’ve come up with a few tips to help you out.
Tips on Separating Egg Whites
- Probably the most important tip – cold eggs separate 100% better than eggs at room temperature. Most recipes dealing with egg whites ask for egg whites at room temperature. That doesn’t mean you need to wait to separate the eggs. Separate the eggs cold then cover in plastic wrap and let them sit on the counter until they come to room temperature.
- If you are separating a lot of eggs, always crack each egg into a separate bowl, that way if you break a yolk you only lose one egg instead of a whole batch.
- You don’t need a fancy egg separating gadget, your hands will work just fine (if you don’t mind getting a little messy). Simply crack the egg right into your hand and then gently slide the egg from one hand to the next letting the whites slip through your fingers. Or simply crack the egg into a small bowl and gently scoop out the yolk with your hand.
- Another fun trick is to use an empty water bottle. Simply crack your egg into a small bowl and squeeze the bottle over the yolk and it will act as a suction cup and suck the yolk into the bottle.
Thank you to Egg Farmers of Canada who sponsored this post and keep me doing what I love. I’m incredibly fortunate to be Canadian, where eggs are always fresh and local. There are more than 1,000 farm families across Canada who work hard to produce high quality, grade A eggs that travel from their farms to our kitchens in less than 5 days! Bet you didn’t know that!?
I hope you enjoy my twist on a classic dessert. Happy holiday baking!
- 4 large egg whites at room temperature
- 2 Tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch, divided
- 1 teaspoon white-wine vinegar
- ½ cup plus 2 Tablespoons superfine sugar, divided
- ½ cup icing sugar, sifted
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
- 2 cups frozen cherries
- 2 cups fresh whipping cream
- Preheat oven to 200˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites, 1 teaspoon of the cornstarch and the white-wine vinegar together on medium speed until frothy. Slowly and gradually add your ½ cup of the superfine sugar, raise the speed to high and beat until stiff peaks form (approx. 5 mins). Lower the speed and slowly add your icing sugar. Bring the speed back to high and beat until stiff and glossy (approx. another 5 mins.). Add vanilla extract.
- Using a spatula gently fold cocoa powder into your meringue mixture, don't over mix (it's okay to see white streaks). Spread meringue onto your prepared baking sheet and make a circle approx. 8 inches in diameter; form a well in the centre (the meringue will spread a lot while baking so better to keep the circle higher and smaller).
- Bake in the centre of the oven for 2 hours (make sure not to open the oven door and check). Turn off the oven and leave the pavlova inside to cool and dry out.
- Make your filling: In a small bowl add your remaining 2 Tablespoons of sugar and cornstarch, mix together. In a sauce pan add frozen cherries, ½ cup of water and sugar mixture. Bring to a gentle boil, and cook for about 5 minutes until cherries have thickened, remove from heat and let cool.
- Before serving, whip whipping cream and fill the centre of the pavlova. Top with cherry sauce and dust with extra cocoa powder.
- Serve within 4-5 hours
If you get egg yolk in your egg whites toss them out and start over. Again your meringue won't whip to stiff peaks and will collapse.
You can make your pavlova ahead and store in a dry dark place for up to a week.
You can make your cherry sauce ahead and store in the fridge for 3-4 days.
This is a great option for a gluten free dessert!
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