Individual Pavlova Hearts
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Serves: 4 hearts
 
Simply A (RD) Fact: Egg whites are a great source of protein but are low in cholesterol!
Ingredients
For the meringue:
  • 2 egg whites
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup superfine sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon white vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
For the whipped cream:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
For the Fruit:
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
Instructions
For the meringue:
  1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Outline four hearts (4-5” in diameter) on a piece of parchment paper using a pencil. FLIP the parchment over and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine superfine sugar and cornstarch. Whisk to combine thoroughly. If you don’t have superfine sugar, no worries. Toss ½ cup + 1 teaspoon granulated sugar into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process for 30 seconds and then you have superfine sugar!
  3. In a small ramekin, combine vinegar and vanilla. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine two egg whites and a pinch of salt. Start to beat the egg whites on a low speed, gradually working towards medium speed. When you look into the bowl of the mixer and see small, even bubbles forming (it looks like the egg whites are only foam), start sprinkling in the sugar/cornstarch mixer one tablespoon at a time. When the sugar is all added, turn the mixer up to medium-high and then add the vinegar/vanilla mixture. Continue to beat on medium-high until the meringue is shiny and stiff peaks form.
  5. Pipe the meringue evenly into each heart – use concentric hearts to fill in the heart outline and then pipe a second outer layer to create a cup.
  6. Bake the meringue circles at 250 degrees for 45-50 minutes, then turn off the oven, crack the oven open, and let the circles cool in the oven.
  7. When the meringues are cool, remove from the oven and set aside. They can be made ahead and stored in an air-tight container until you’re ready to assemble!
For the whipped cream:
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, combine heavy whipping cream and sugar. Beat cream on medium-high speed until just becoming stiff.
To assemble:
  1. Place a heart meringue on a pretty plate.
  2. Dollop 2-3 tablespoons of whipped cream into the middle of the heart and spread it out evenly to fill the entire cup. Layer on sliced strawberries.
  3. Serve it up to family and friends immediately! Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: one meringue heart, 3 tablespoons whipped cream, ½ cup strawberries Calories: 218 calories Fat: 9gm Saturated fat: 5gm Carbohydrates: 33.5gm Sodium: 76mg Fiber: 1.5gm Protein: 2gm Cholesterol: 33mg
Recipe by Simply A (RD) Foodie at http://simplyrdfoodie.com/individual-pavlova-hearts/