February 23, 2018

Mini Pavlovas

Mini Pavlova is a beautiful, delicious, bite-size dessert for any occasion, especially holidays. Crispy on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside, topped with fluffy cream, your favorite fresh berries and nuts. These look absolutely divine at the desserts’ table; definitely an eye-catching piece of work.

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The meringues can be prepared 2-3 days ahead of time and stored in an airtight container, and assembled just before serving. I like recipes like that especially when you have a lot on the menu and trying to do as much as you can ahead of time for that big occasion.

Mini Pavlova Ingredients:

  • 4 egg whites – room temp
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon organic corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Pavlova Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups cold heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • blueberries for topping (about 30 – berry per pavlova)
  • pistachios for topping (about 40)

How to Make Mini Pavlova:

1. Preheat the oven to 225°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with a parchment paper and set aside. In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat 4 egg whites and a pinch of salt on high speed, until they start becoming foamy (about 1 minute). With mixer running, gradually add 3/4 cup sugar and beat for 9-10 minutes on high speed until stiff peaks form (pause mixer and scrape off sides with 2 mins remaining). Mixture will be thick, glossy and smooth.

2. Using a spatula, fold in 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (10-11 full strokes). Then fold in 1 tsp corn starch and 1/2 tsp cream of tartar (10-11 full strokes) until everything is well mixed, but don’t over-mix. Pipe meringue onto the parchment paper using a Wilton 2D tip, about 2” in size and 2” apart. Indent the center of each pavlova with a teaspoon to allow some extra room for cream. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, then turn the oven off and without opening the door, leave meringue in the oven for another 30 minutes. The outside will be dry, crispy and off-white colored, and the inside will be slightly marshmallow-y soft. Transfer pavlovas to a cooling rack to cool completely before topping with cream, the insides will be crispy as well once cooled.

How to Make Frosting for Pavlova:

3. In a medium bowl, beat 1 1/4 cups cold heavy whipping cream and 2 tbsps sugar until it forms stiff peaks, about 3 mins. Pipe frosting onto a pavlova using a Wilton 2D tip and top with fresh blueberries and chopped lightly salted pistachios (lightly salted balances out the flavors and sweetness). Once these are assembled, they stay delicious 4-6 hours in refrigerator. For best results, serve immediately OR prepare frosting, fruits and/or other toppings few hours ahead, and assemble an hour before serving. Enjoy!!!

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Mini Pavlovas

5 from 3 votes
Servings: 30
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Mini Pavlovas: beautiful, delicious, bite-size dessert for any occasion; crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside.

Ingredients

PAVLOVA INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 egg whites – room temp
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon organic corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

FROSTING INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/4 cups cold heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • blueberries for topping about 30 – berry per pavlova
  • pistachios for topping about 40

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 225°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with a parchment paper and set aside. In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat 4 egg whites and a pinch of salt on high speed, until they start becoming foamy (about 1 minute). With mixer running, gradually add 3/4 cup sugar and beat for 9-10 minutes on high speed until stiff peaks form (pause mixer and scrape off sides with 2 mins remaining). Mixture will be thick, glossy and smooth.
  2. Using a spatula, fold in 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (10-11 full strokes). Then fold in 1 tsp corn starch and 1/2 tsp cream of tartar (10-11 full strokes) until everything is well mixed, but don’t over-mix. Pipe meringue onto the parchment paper using a Wilton 2D tip, about 2” in size and 2” apart. Indent the center of each pavlova with a teaspoon to allow some extra room for cream. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, then turn the oven off and without opening the door, leave meringue in the oven for another 30 minutes. The outside will be dry, crispy and off-white colored, and the inside will be slightly marshmallow-y soft. Transfer pavlovas to a cooling rack to cool completely before topping with cream, the insides will be crispy as well once cooled.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat 1 1/4 cups cold heavy whipping cream and 2 tbsps sugar until it forms stiff peaks, about 3 mins. Pipe frosting onto a pavlova using a Wilton 2D tip and top with fresh blueberries and chopped lightly salted pistachios (lightly salted balances out the flavors and sweetness). Once these are assembled, they stay delicious 4-6 hours in refrigerator. For best results, serve immediately OR prepare frosting, fruits and/or other toppings few hours ahead, and assemble an hour before serving. Enjoy!!!
Author: Olga in the Kitchen

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Comments

  • jessica

    Hi Olga, I am planning to buy a decorating kit with tips and a pastry bag on Amazon. Which one would you advice to buy as there are too many of them and i am not sure which one is the best? Thank you!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Hi Jessica. I used to own a brand called Ironwood and I didn’t really like it because if the frosting was a bit on the runny side, it didn’t hold the shape. So I purchased Wilton 55 piece set and it’s more than enough to decorate any cake or dessert and make something beautiful out of anything. You can purchase it on Amazon for $30 (at the moment). Any tip works great with any type of frosting.

  • Mary K.

    This is the first Pavlova recipe I LOVED. I tried several that are chewy or too gummy inside, but yours is so crispy all the way. So amazing, thank you for sharing.

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thanks Mary, I’m glad it all worked out the way you like it! 🙂

  • Jodi

    Hi! Can the Pavlovas be made in advance? If so how long? Thinking of making for a crowd of 80.

    Thanks!
    Jodi

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Hi Jodi! You can make the meringues up to 2 days ahead of time and store loosely wrapped in a plastic bag then assemble just before your event. Once they are assembled they stay great for up to 4 hours (you can do room temp or fridge..I usually keep them in fridge until ready to serve). Hope this helps 🙂

  • Mel

    Oh my goodness!!! These are absolutely delicious!!!! I made the pavlova last night and made the whip cream today. They were so good that they are all gone today and I’m going to make more tomorrow!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      That’s so awesome, Mel! It sounds like you have a new favorite!

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