Summer Berry Pavlova

 

Serves 8

• Whites of 4 large eggs
• 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
• 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
• 1 tablespoon cornstarch
• 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 cup heavy cream
• 2 cups mixed berries

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine egg whites, salt, and vinegar, and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form. Combine 3/4 cup of sugar and the cornstarch, and gradually beat into egg whites. Add vanilla, and beat again until firm and glossy.

Spoon the meringue in 8 big dollops onto a lined baking sheet. Spread each into a circle, creating a little indent in the middle.

Bake for 10 minutes, lower heat to 200 degrees, and bake for another hour with the oven door slightly open.

Remove from oven and cool. Whip cream and remaining sugar together, and then fold in the berries. Spoon whipped cream into each meringue, and top with more berries or mint leaves.