Mini Pavlova: beautiful, delicious, bite-size dessert for any occasion; crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside.
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.
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.
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