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Kiwi Pavlovas for St Patrick’s Day

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA One of our favorite desserts is a Pavlova. Over the weekend I created a version that celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. This dessert is great on any day, but seemed perfect to share with you today.

Kiwi Pavlovas
Serves 8-10
For the Meringues: {makes 36 meringues}

– ¼ cup cornstarch
– 1 tablespoon white vinegar
– 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
– 2 ½ cups sugar
– 8 egg whites room temperature

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to  225 degrees F

In the bowl of a standing mixer (with a whisk attachment), place sugar and egg whites on low speed until combined, raise speed to high, beat until soft peaks form. In a separate bowl mix cornstarch, vinegar, and vanilla. Add the cornstarch mixture to the mixer and beat until glossy.

With a pastry bag fitted with a round tip, pipe meringue on to a parchment lined cookie sheet. Pipe 3 inch round swirls. Bake for 45 minutes on 225 degrees F. Let cool.

For the Kiwi Sauce:

– 4 kiwis, peeled and cubed
– 1/2 cup of sugar
– 1/2 cup of water

Preparation:

Place all of the ingredients in a small sauce pan and cook on medium heat for 20 minutes. With a handheld blender combine sauce until smooth. Strain the sauce through a fine sieve in to a small bowl and press with a spoon. Place sauce into the the fridge for an hour until chilled.

For the Pavlova Garnish:

– 4 kiwis cut into 1/2 inch cubes
– 16 small mint leaves for garnish
– 4 cups of whip cream

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To assemble:

Place 1/4 cup of whip cream on a plate, add 2 Meringues, top with 4 tablespoons of kiwi, drizzle with sauce, garnish with mint leaves. Serve immediately.

Irish blessing: “May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks. May your heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours. That stay with you all the year long.”

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