Airy Chocolate Berry Pavlova Looks, Tastes Great

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This stunning chocolate meringue piled high with whipped cream and fresh berries looks over the top, but this airy dessert won't weigh you down.

For a plain meringue, simply leave out the cocoa powder.

Chocolate Berry Pavlova

Start to finish: 3 hours 15 minutes (45 minutes active)

2 teaspoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

6 large egg whites

Pinch of salt

1 1/4 cups superfine white sugar

1 teaspoon white vinegar

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

3 cups heavy cream

4 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 cups assorted fresh berries (if large, sliced)

Fresh mint leaves, for garnish, optional

Heat the oven to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch and cocoa powder. Set aside.

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the egg whites and salt on medium-high until they form soft peaks, for about 2 minutes. With the mixer running, slowly sprinkle in the sugar and beat until the eggs form stiff peaks. …