Airy Chocolate Berry Pavlova Looks, Tastes Great
J. M. Hirsch, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
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. …