Low-Fat Pavlova with Spiced Pears & Blackberries

  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 2 h 30 min
  • Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 5 egg whites, room temperature
  • pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided 375 mL
  • 4 1/2 tsp cornstarch, divided 22 mL
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar 10 mL
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 5 mL
  • 2 tbsp butter 30 mL
  • 4 ripe pears, peeled, cored and sliced (about 1/2-in./1-cm thick)
  • 1 whole cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 star anise
  • 3 tbsp orange juice 30 mL
  • 2 cups blackberries 500 mL

Directions

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). With hand mixer on low speed, beat egg whites until foamy, then ddd salt. Increase speed to high and beat until soft peaks start to form. Gradually add 1 1/4 cups (300 mL) sugar, beating until glossy stiff peaks form. Sift 4 tsp (20 mL) cornstarch over top, pour in vinegar and vanilla, and fold into egg whites. Scoop onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet, shaping and swirling into a 9-in. (23- cm) round. Using a large spoon or spatula, make a 1/2-in. (1-cm) deep well in the centre, leaving a 2-in.(5-cm) border.

  • Step 2

    Bake 5 min., then reduce temperature to 250°F (120°C) and bake 1 hr. and 15 min. more, or until outside is crisp and dry. Turn off oven, then let stand in oven another 1 hr. Remove from oven to cool completely.

  • Step 3

    Meanwhile, melt butter in large skillet on medium-high heat. Saute pears with remaining sugar, cinnamon stick and star anise about 8 min., until pears are tender but not too soft. Meanwhile, in small bowl, whisk orange juice with remaining 1/2 tsp (2 mL) cornstarch until smooth and add to skillet. Bring to a boil. Add blackberries and gently cook for 2 min., until blackberries are just heated through. Cool completely. Strain fruit and reserve juices. Serve pavlova topped with strained fruit. Serve with reserved juices and whipped cream, if desired.

Tip

Meringues are most successful when made on a dry day as humidity affects the success of meringues.

When separating eggs for meringues, separate one at a time using a small bowl before adding to remaining egg whites.

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition Description Per serving (1/8 of the recipe):
  • Calories 270
  • Fat 3 g
  • Saturated Fat 2 g
  • Carbs 57 g
  • Sugar 48 g
  • Protein 3 g
  • Cholesterol 10 mg
  • Fibre 5 g
  • Sodium 90 mg

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