Have you ever had Pavlova? It is divine, and so especially perfect for summer. It is a meringue crust filled with whipped cream and seasonal fruit. This is not typically the kind of dessert I crave. Normally, I am all about chocolate and caramel and gooey treats. But there is just something about the Pavlova that I cannot get enough of. Part of it is the multiple textures: the crispy outside of the crust and the marshmallowy center, the creamy whipped cream (no Cool Whip, please!) and then the chewy fruits. Whatever it is, if you get a chance to have some Pavlova, don't miss it. Here is a link to the recipe I used. There is also a lot of really interesting information about handling egg whites. I like this recipe best because it makes individual Pavolovas. I like this because once you put your cream and toppings on the meringue, you really should eat the cake immediately. If you let it sit for a day or more, the crust starts to disintegrate and melt, making a gooey mess. With the individual crusts, you can top it right before eating.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
New favorite dessert
For Mother's Day, Bil offered to make me dinner. He had me sit down and pick my menu, which was somewhat difficult to do. I don't know about you, but it is really hard for me to pick one or two favorite foods, and it is even MORE difficult to pick a favorite dessert. We finally decided that Bil would make Char Siu Baau, which are barbecued pork filled steamed rolls that I used to eat a lot in Hong Kong. As luck would have it May's issue of Cooking Light had a column on steaming and a recipe for Char Siu Baau. They were scrumptious. We also had a Thai cucumber salad, and for dessert...... Pavlova!