Black Forest Pavlova
Makes 1 (7-inch) Pavlova
  • ½ cup (120 grams) egg whites, room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (200 grams) castor sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons (4.5 grams) cornstarch
  • ¾ teaspoon (3.75 grams) distilled white vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon (1 gram) vanilla extract
  • 1 (13.5-ounce) jar (383 grams) cherries (stem on)
  • Chocolate Pastry Cream (recipe follows)
  • Whipped Cream (recipe follows)
  • Garnish: chocolate curls
  1. Position oven rack in center of oven. Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C).
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites and salt at medium-low speed until soft peaks form, 5 to 6 minutes. With mixer on low speed, add castor sugar in a slow, steady stream, beating until combined. (This should take about 3 minutes.) Increase mixer speed to medium-high, and beat until thick and shiny, 10 to 12 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl halfway through mixing. Rub meringue between 2 fingers to make sure it is smooth and no sugar granules can be felt.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch, vinegar, and vanilla. Add to meringue, and beat at high speed until combined, about 30 seconds.
  4. Using a permanent marker, draw a 7-inch circle on a 16½×12-inch sheet of parchment paper. Turn parchment over, and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Spoon meringue inside drawn circle. Using a spatula, shape meringue until it fills drawn circle, with straight sides and a flat top. (Try to do this quickly—the more you work with it, the harder it will be to shape later on.) Place tip of a small offset spatula at base of meringue, and pull up to create a long groove. Repeat around outside edge. Place meringue in oven.
  5. Immediately reduce oven temperature to 225°F (107°C). Bake until dry and firm to the touch, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Turn oven off, and leave meringue in oven with door closed for 8 hours or up to overnight.
  6. Measure ½ cup (120 grams) syrup from cherries. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced by about half, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a heatproof bowl, and let cool completely.
  7. Spoon Chocolate Pastry Cream in center of meringue; top with Whipped Cream. Top with cooled cherry syrup and cherries. Garnish with chocolate curls, if desired. Serve immediately.
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