Mini pavlovas on a serving tray

Mini Pavlovas: A Delightful Dessert for Any Occasion

Mini pavlovas are a charming and versatile dessert that never fails to impress.
These bite-sized treats are a delightful fusion of textures and flavours, featuring a crisp meringue base topped with a cloud of fluffy whipped cream, an assortment of fresh fruits, and a drizzle of tangy passionfruit sauce.
The result is an irresistible treat that is both visually appealing and palate-pleasing.

Whether you’re hosting a garden party, celebrating a special occasion, or simply indulging in a sweet treat, mini pavlovas are guaranteed to bring smiles to everyone’s faces.
Their petite size makes them perfect for sharing, and their elegant presentation adds a touch of sophistication to any gathering.

Mini pavlovas on a serving tray

How to Make Mini Pavlovas: A Step-by-Step Guide

Shane Lowry
Mini Pavlovas are a delightful dessert perfect for any occasion.
This recipe will guide you on how to make these delicious and elegant individual meringue nests, topped with whipped cream and fresh fruits.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Easiest Dessert Recipes & Tempting Dessert Ideas
Cuisine New Zealand, Australia
Servings 12 -14 mini pavlovas
Calories 51 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Meringue:

  • 4 large egg whites room temperature
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar

For the Topping:

  • 2 cups thickened heavy cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Fresh fruits of your choice such as kiwifruit, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and passionfruit

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 120°C (250°F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Separate your egg whites. Here's how to separate eggs.
  • In a clean, dry bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
    Gradually add the sugar, one tablespoon at a time, while continuing to whisk until the meringue is glossy and smooth.
  • Sift in the cornstarch and vinegar, and gently fold them into the meringue until just combined.
  • Spoon the meringue onto the prepared baking sheet, forming small nests about 3 inches in diameter.
    Create a slight indentation in the centre of each nest to hold the topping.
  • Bake for about 1 hour, or until the meringues are dry and crisp on the outside but still slightly soft in the centre.
  • Turn off the oven and leave the meringues inside to cool completely.
  • In a separate bowl, whip the thickened (heavy) cream, icing (powdered) sugar, and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.
  • To assemble the mini pavlovas, carefully spoon the whipped cream into the centre of each meringue nest.
  • Top with sliced fresh fruits of your choice, arranging them artistically to create a visually appealing presentation.
    I love using strawberries or kiwifruit.
  • Drizzle with passionfruit sauce (optional) for an extra burst of flavour.

Notes

Recipe Tips:
  • Mini pavlovas can be made in advance.
    The meringues can be baked and stored airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.
    Once ready to serve, simply assemble the pavlovas by topping the meringues with whipped cream and your fresh fruits.
  • For best results, use room temperature eggs.
    This will help the meringue to whip up quickly and smoothly.
  • To ensure the meringues are crisp on the outside but soft in the center, bake them at a low temperature for a longer period.
    Overbaking will result in dry and brittle meringues.
  • If you don't have a passionfruit sauce, you can substitute it with other fruit sauces, such as strawberry or raspberry sauce. Or maybe grate chocolate over the whipped cream, then put the fruit in place,

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve mini pavlovas as a refreshing dessert after a meal.
  • Arrange them on a platter or plate and display them as a centrepiece for a special occasion.
  • Pack them individually in small boxes or containers for a picnic or just a delightful treat on the go.

Conclusion:

Mini pavlovas are a delightful dessert that is sure to please everyone at the table.
With their crisp meringue bases, fluffy whipped cream toppings, and vibrant fruit accents, these miniature treats are a symphony of flavours and textures that will tantalise the taste buds.
So, gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and embark on a culinary adventure to create these irresistible mini pavlovas.
Keyword mini pavlovas

1 Comment

  1. 5 stars
    Purely amazing. The textures and flavors all meld together perfectly. They were easier to make than I thought they would be.

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