Delicious Mini Pavlovas with Vanilla Whipped Cream and Berries

Nov 16, 2023 | Desserts


Prep Time

Cooking Time

20 minutes
60-70 minutes



– 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
– 1 cup superfine sugar
– 1 teaspoon cornstarch
– 1 teaspoon white vinegar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the vanilla bean whipped cream:
– 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
– 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or the scraped seeds of 1 vanilla bean

For the berry toppings:
– Fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or any seasonal berries of your choice
– Mint leaves for garnish (optional)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Cooking Instructions

1. Preheat your oven to 250°F (120°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

2. In a spotlessly clean mixing bowl, begin whisking the egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form.

3. Gradually add the superfine sugar, one tablespoon at a time, ensuring it is fully incorporated before adding more. Increase the speed to high until glossy peaks are formed. This process may take around 5-7 minutes.

4. Gently fold in the cornstarch, white vinegar, and vanilla extract using a spatula, just until combined. Be careful not to overmix, as we want to retain the airiness.

5. Spoon equal-sized dollops of the pavlova mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, creating small, individual nests. Make a shallow well in the center of each pavlova to hold the cream and berries later.

6. Place the pavlovas into the preheated oven and immediately lower the temperature to 225°F (110°C). Bake for approximately 60-70 minutes or until the pavlovas are crisp on the outside and slightly marshmallow-like inside. The centers should remain soft and chewy.

7. Once baked, turn off the oven and leave the pavlovas inside to cool completely. This gradual cooling helps to prevent cracks.

8. While the pavlovas cool, prepare the vanilla bean whipped cream. In a chilled mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla bean paste (or scraped seeds) until soft peaks form. Ensure not to over-whip, as we want a luscious, softly billowing texture.

9. To assemble, generously spoon the vanilla whipped cream into the center of each pavlova nest. Top with an assortment of fresh berries, letting their vibrant colors dance across the snowy backdrop of cream.

10. For an elegant flourish, add a sprig of fresh mint leaves, allowing their invigorating aroma to infuse with the delicate flavors.

Tips and Variations:

Tips and Variations

– For an added dimension of flavor, infuse the whipped cream with a hint of citrus zest or a splash of liqueur, such as Grand Marnier or Limoncello.
– Experiment with different fruit combinations, such as mango and passion fruit, or peaches and blackberries, to create unique and tantalizing pavlova experiences.
– For a touch of decadence, sprinkle shaved dark chocolate or a dusting of cocoa powder over the whipped cream before adding the berries.

As you relish each bite of these elegant mini pavlovas, allow yourself to be carried away by the romance of flavors and the whimsy of tale-telling desserts. Whether indulging in these delicacies for special occasions or simply to enrich an ordinary day, may their sweetness enchant you and leave a lasting impression on your culinary journey.

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