What is a Pavlova?
Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. It has a crisp crust and soft, light inside, usually topped with fruit and whipped cream.
The pavlova is a very popular dessert in Australia and New Zealand, and of course being married to an Aussie, he absolutely “INSISTED” on me creating a Keto version!
As I mentioned before, I was never a marshmallow, meringue fan, but my Mother In Law, Vicky, used to make these at Christmas Time every year. Although the Pavlova really looks Christmassy with its glossy white exterior and fresh red berries, Christmas is in Summer in Australia, and it’s usually around a 100 degrees F and they do like their desserts light and refreshing; And that is EXACTLY what this dessert is!!
I particularly love Pavlova because it is light, especially after overstuffing myself on Christmas Lunch, it’s nice to have a dessert that doesn’t bloat you up even more.
On a side note, the Pavlova on the main picture above is a double stacked Pavlova for an EXTRA IMPRESSIVE PRESENTATION, so you would have to bake 2 individual Pavlova’s and stack them together with a layer of whipped cream in between them.
I have also included a single layer picture below if you just want to do the original version!
The other great thing about a Pavlova, is that you can bake the base up to 3 or 4 days ahead of time and then just dress it up with whipped cream and berries on the day!
PAVLOVA BASE INGREDIENTS:
- 7 whites from large eggs
- 1 tsp white vinegar
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 3/4 cup Swerve confectioners sweetener
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
- Fresh keto approved berries for topping
PAVLOVA BASE INSTRUCTIONS:
- Set oven to 210F.
- In large bowl put egg whites and cream of tartar and whisk until mixture looks satiny white. We use our Kitchen Aid on setting #8, but you could use a hand mixer on high.
- Add sweetener 1 TBSP at a time, whilst the machine is running.
- Add all of the other ingredients, keep whisking until you get stiff peaks.
- Empty pavlova mixture onto a tray lined with parchment paper, in a circle around 10″ wide by 1.5″ high.
- Place onto middle rack of the oven for 90 mins.
- Once finished cooking, turn off oven and let sit in oven for Appx. 3 hours.
- Store base until ready to use.
- Top with whipped cream and berries
WHIPPED CREAM INGREDIENTS:
WHIPPED CREAM INSTRUCTIONS:
- Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
- Mix with a stand mixer or hand mixer, until all ingredients are combined and form stiff peaks.
PRODUCTS WE USE:
- KITCHEN AID MEASURING SPOONS/CUPS
- KITCHEN AID PROFESSIONAL STAND MIXER
- STAINLESS MIXING BOWLS
- BLACK AND DECKER HAND MIXER
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