Pavlovas topped with cranberries

Ugh! I've been trying to write this blog for a couple of hours, my computer keeps refreshing the page but it doesn't save it! So annoying! Thanks to the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten I happily bring you delicious pavlovas. These pavlovas are so delicious, baby kept following me to try a bite. Yes, she eats lots of things but she seriously enjoyed these pavlovas. I seriously loved making these because it allowed me to do other things at the same time. The recipes aren't so sensitive that you constantly have to watch them, which during Thanksgiving is great since you're trying to make so many things. 

To make these pavlovas you will need:

  • 4 egg whites at room temperature
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch (sifted)
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Fahrenheit. In a mixer, whip egg whites and pinch of salt. Once it starts frothing, gradually mix in sugar. Whip at a higher speed until you get a stiff peak. Once you get a stiff peak, remove bowl from mixer and sift in cornstarch. Add in vanilla extract and white wine vinegar and FOLD!  If you don't know how to fold, it is super easy. All you have to do is make a "J" shape using a spatula, to incorporate the cornstarch, vinegar and vanilla. Be careful not to over fold because you will deflate your meringue! Grab a sheet tray and line it with parchment paper. Spoon some of the mixture onto the lined sheet tray, you want to make a circle shape. Using the back of your spoon smooth down the middle a bit, since you will be topping off your pavlovas. Bake for an hour, check up on them and then bake for 15-20 more minutes. You just want them to be light and fluffy. 

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While your pavlovas are baking you can make the cranberry topping, or cranberry sauce. To make the sauce you will need:

  • 1 cup of cranberries
  • 1 cup of sugar ( I used light brown sugar because thats all I had left in the house)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 apple (finely diced)

In a sauce pan all ingredients. Mix well and let them come to a simmer. Let the cranberries break down, it will probably take about ten minutes on medium to low heat. Once the sauce is done, you are ready to assemble your pavlovas! Carefully peel off a pavlova from the parchment paper and spoon some cranberry sauce on top. Enjoy!

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