As an Australian expat living in America, I often find myself trying to incorporate my favorite childhood treats and desserts into my celebrations here in the States.
I’ve made myself a few slices of birthday Fairy Bread. I made Vegemite sandwiches for my colleagues. But my very best Aus-merican mash-up will be the hero of my holiday menu: the iconic Aussie dessert, pavlova.
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If you haven’t tried this heavenly Down-Under dessert, you should definitely acquaint yourself. Baked meringue, silky cream, and handfuls of fresh fruit make this the perfect holiday treat.
It’s gluten-free, can be made ahead of the celebrations, and—most importantly—it’s as light as the powdered snow on your windowsill.
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That’s why pavlova is such a welcome and delicious alternative: You can enjoy a light, sweet, and fruity dessert without feeling even more weighed down. But it still satisfies that something-sweet craving.
And lucky for you, we have several different recipes for pavlova that will suit any preference. Here are a few of them.
Orange, Cranberry, and Mint Pavlova with Whipped Cream (left) and Individual Strawberry, Lime, and Basil Pavlovas with Whipped Cream (right).
- Orange, Cranberry, and Mint Pavlova with Whipped Cream. This recipe resembles the classic Australian dessert most closely. It offers a crisp yet marshmallowy French meringue with lashings of cream and an array of citrusy, herby toppings that is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.
- Individual Strawberry, Lime, and Basil Pavlovas with Whipped Cream. These adorable mini pavlovas are not only completely delicious but also feature a balance of flavors and textures for a truly exciting end to your Thanksgiving meal. You can even make a few different toppings and have people create their own to their liking.
Chocolate Pavlova with Berries and Whipped Cream (left) and Brown Sugar Pavlova with Stone Fruit (right).
- Chocolate Pavlova with Berries and Whipped Cream. Okay, I know I was having a go at chocolate desserts earlier, but this recipe is definitely an exception; all the decadence of chocolaty flavors with none of the density that can often result. The classic combination of chocolate, cream, and berries sings in this delectable dessert.
- Brown Sugar Pavlova with Stone Fruit. Finally, this deeply rich and caramelly take on the classic pavlova transforms it into a decadent dessert with all the lightness of other forms, and it only takes one ingredient switch: brown sugar. With the addition of syrupy stone fruit, this is one pavlova recipe not to miss.