Monday, September 20, 2010

New Zealand Dessert

The last few days Julie and Clay have been studying New Zealand. Tonight, they made the New Zealand National dessert: pavlova.

It was delicious!

Here is the recipe, courtesy of

  1. Ingredients

    • 3 egg whites
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
    • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
    • 1 pint fresh strawberries


    1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Draw a 9 inch circle on the parchment. An easy way to do this is to draw around the outside of a 9 inch pan with a pencil.
    2. In a large bowl, beat egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form. Add 3/4 cup of the sugar gradually, while continuing to whip. Make sure sugar is completely dissolved. Mix together the remaining 1/4 cup sugar with the cornstarch; lightly fold into meringue with lemon juice.
    3. Spread a layer of meringue to fit circle on parchment, approximately 1/4 inch thick. With remainder of mixture, pipe or spoon swirls around the edges to form a shallow bowl shape.
    4. Bake at 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for 1 hour. Turn off oven, but leave meringue in oven for an additional 30 minutes. When cool, the meringue should be hard on the outside, and slightly moist on the inside.
    5. In a large bowl, combine the cream and half a cup of confectioners sugar, and whip until thickened. Decorate with fruit of your choice; strawberries are excellent.

    Beginning tomorrow, we are studying Antarctica. Wonder what we will cook?


  1. Antarctica? Mmmm, something really cold? I really like your idea of making yummy desserts to go along with your studies. We are studying Ancient Egpyt right now but all of the recipes I have found sound just yucky or something I know my kids wouldn't like.