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A holiday pavlova dessert makes an absolutely stunning centerpiece for your Christmas dessert table. With this pavlova recipe, you can create a delicious holiday dessert that is as beautiful as it is tasty.
Whenever we go to someone’s home for a party or dinner, I like to take a dessert of some sort as a way to say thank you. During the holidays, a pavlova cake makes a great option!
What is pavlova?
Pavlova is a meringue-based cake named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. It is a meringue dessert with a crisp crust and soft, light inside, usually topped with fruit and whipped cream.
Making a holiday pavlova cake takes awhile but most of it is hands off time so don’t be intimidated. I was so nervous making this one but it turned out great even on my first try.
Of course, making sure you have high quality ingredients makes a HUGE difference. So, be sure to get a high quality sweetener like Dixie Crystals when making this holiday pavlova recipe.
I made my holiday pavlova in the shape of a wreath to keep with the holiday theme. You could easily make it smaller and just into the shape of a typical cake if you prefer.
Of course, the pomegranate arils and sugared cranberries make this even tastier so don’t forget to sprinkle those on top.
If you love this holiday pavlova dessert, be sure to check out these other great holiday dessert recipes:
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- 6 egg whites, room temperature
- 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar, divided
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup cool whip or stabalized whipped cream
- 1/2 cup mascarpone, softened
- 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
- Fresh rosemary sprigs
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Draw the outline of a wreath on the parchment paper. Set aside.
- With an electric or stand mixer, whisk the egg whites until foamy. Gradually add in the granulated sugar and whisk for an additional 6 to 7 minutes. The mixture should be stiffy and shiny.
- With the mixer off, add the lemon juice and vanilla extract. Sift the cornstarch into the bowl and turn the mixer back on to whisk for 1-2 minutes.
- Transfer the meringue onto prepared baking sheet shaping it into the wreath.
- Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Turn the oven off and let sit in closed oven overnight.
- Meanwhile, boil together 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool for 5 minutes and then combine with cranberries in a bowl. Stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Drain liquid from bowl.
- Add remaining sugar to small bowl. Toss cranberries in the sguar and then place on a plate and let dry for one hour.
- In a large bowl, gently fold together the whipped cream and mascarpone. Spoon on top of pavlova. Top with sugared cranberries and pomengranate arils. Decorate with fresh rosemary before serving.
- Once the meringue is removed from the oven, you can cover loosely in plastic wrap for up to 2 days.
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Vanilla & Spice Hot Mulled Wine from The Baking Fairy
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Christmas Cookie Bark from The Mandatory Mooch
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Pecan Pie Cheesecake from The Crumby Kitchen
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Red Velvet Cookies from Live Love Texas
Red Velvet Truffle Sugar Cookie Cups from The Spiffy Cookie
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