Domestic Goddesses make Pavlovas

Berries, Dessert, Gluten-free

Hi Franneroo!

First of all I have to tell you that I love “Just beet it”, it made me laugh really hard when I read it!! hahahaha I love beets! Actually up until REALLY recently, I used to hate them, something about them was off for me. But, is it just me, or do beet kind of taste like corn? At any rate, they are yummy and I cannot wait to try them out.

So this week, a lot of things happened in terms of cooking. First of all, we had a potluck to go to, for which I had promised to bring a dessert, preferably a pie… Of course, the best pies are always the ones that come straight out of the oven. But, no luck for this Tuesday night, for a 6:30pm potluck dinner. So I had 2 choices:

  1. Buy a ready-made pie (… there goes the credibility of my cooking abilities… since last potluck, I brought one of my EPIC fails to the table)
  2. Whip up something quickly that would delight…(seems like the only choice)

I mean seriously, who has time to make an intricate dessert, right after work, in the middle of the week? No one. Thus was born… Berry Pavlova


  • 30cm (12 in) Meringue disk (enough smaller meringues to fill the space of the disc)
  • 300ml (1 cup) whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups blue berries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate curls (medium piece of white chocolate)


  1. Set meringue in the middle of a nice serving dish. { If it is for a buffet situation, I prefer to break up the meringues to make serving easier. }
  2. In a large bowl, whip the cream, sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and 7 crushed raspberries, until it has turned into the light fluffy, cloudy whipped cream we all know and love. (The reason for the raspberries, is that they lend the cream a subtle pink color that is irresistible.)
  3. Spread the cream over the meringue. { The beauty of the pavlova is that you can make it as dainty or rustic as you like. It always looks delicious. }
  4. Sprinkle the berries all over the whipped cream. { In reality they are piled on, but doesn’t sound as appetizing. }
  5. Grate (on widest grating side) the white chocolate directly on to the berries. { You will damage the delicate, beautiful curls if you do it in another dish first and then transfer them onto the cake. }

DONE! Domestic Goddess status achieved! You have created an irresistible dessert, it took you 10 minutes to put together, and you had extra time to powder your nose!

(Note: You could substitute the whipped cream for Coolwhip, and have a heavenly guilt-free dessert. Unfortunately, we do not have such things in the UK.)

This recipe can be altered a million and one ways, please share your thoughts if you have a favorite!

4 thoughts on “Domestic Goddesses make Pavlovas

  1. Its a wonderful and (seemingly) refreshing dessert ! For the colder months, it can be made with chunks of caramelized almonds (praline), chestnuts and either caramel or chocolate sauce.
    You are such a joyful addition to my page girls, keep up the delicious work !

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