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Pavlova with Passion Fruit, Mango, Pineapple and Coconut Cream

Pavlova with Passion Fruit, Mango, Pineapple and Coconut Cream

Curtis Stone stops by to make a traditional Australian dessert with fresh fruit that serves 12.
Ingredients for Meringue
  • 6 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tbs. plus 2 tsp. cornstarch
Ingredients for Topping
  • One 14 oz. can full cream coconut cream, chilled overnight
  • 1 cup heavy cream, whipped to stiff peaks
  • 1/2 cup passion fruit pulp, from about 8 small passion fruits
  • 1 ripe mango (about 14 oz.), peeled, pitted, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 pineapple, peeled, cored, thinly sliced crossways
  • 1/2 cup shaved coconut, toasted

Serves: 12
Prep Time: 1 hour plus 1 hour cooling time
Cook Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes
Make-Ahead: Meringue can be made up to 8 hours ahead, cooled, covered and stored at room temperature.

Directions

To make meringue:
1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 300°F. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper and draw a 6-inch circle on paper. Turn paper over.
2. In bowl of stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually add sugar, beating on medium-high speed, for 10 minutes, or until firm glossy peaks form. Beat in vinegar, vanilla, and salt. Sift cornstarch over meringue and gently fold in.
3. Using large ice cream scoop or large spoon, dollop 12 mounds of meringue onto prepared sheet, following outside edge of circle. Using back of scoop, smooth and flatten top of meringue.
4. Place meringue in oven, immediately reduce temperature to 220°F and bake 1 hour and 5 minutes, or until meringue is crisp on outside but still has a marshmallow-like center and puffs ever so slightly. Turn off oven, prop oven door open with wooden spoon, and leave meringue in oven 30 minutes, then remove from oven and cool completely.
To assemble pavlova wreath:
5. Scoop out firm, thick white layer of coconut cream that floats atop coconut water in can, and transfer it to large chilled bowl. Reserve coconut water for another use. Using electric handheld mixer, whip coconut cream on high speed 2 minutes or until soft peaks form. Gently fold in whipped heavy cream.
6. Gently remove pavlova from parchment paper and place on large round platter. Spoon whipped coconut cream mixture over pavlova. Spoon half of passion fruit pulp over cream. Decoratively arrange mango and pineapple over cream. Top with remaining passion fruit pulp and toasted coconut.
7. Using serrated knife, cut pavlova into wedges and serve.

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