Winter Fruit Pavlova Slab
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Serves: 10 servings
 
Simply A (RD) Fact: Blood oranges are a great source of vitamin C!
Ingredients
For the meringue:
  • 4 egg whites
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • ½ tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
For the whipped cream:
  • 1½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1½ tablespoon sugar
For the Fruit:
  • 3-4 medium-sized blood oranges, peels and sliced into rounds horizontally
  • ½ cup pomegranate arils
Instructions
For the meringue:
  1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Cut a large rectangle of parchment paper (enough to cover baking sheet) 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 1 cup + 2 teaspoons 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 4 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. Spoon the meringue onto the parchment paper and spread into a rectangular slab, leaving a divot in the middle to hold the fruit and cream.
  6. Bake the meringue circles at 250 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes, then turn off the oven, crack the oven open, and let the slab cool in the oven.
  7. When the meringue slab is cool, remove from the oven and set aside. It 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 the meringue slab onto a platter.
  2. Add the whipped cream onto the middle of the circle and spread it out evenly to the edge. Layer on the blood orange rounds.
  3. Sprinkle over the pomegranate arils.
  4. Enjoy immediately!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 portion Calories: 243 calories Fat: 13gm Saturated fat: 8gm Carbohydrates: 30gm Sodium: 91mg Fiber: 1gm Protein: 3gm Cholesterol: 40mg
Recipe by Simply A (RD) Foodie at http://simplyrdfoodie.com/winter-fruit-pavlova-slab/