Mini Pavlovas with Blood Orange Curd

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These bright Mini Pavlovas with homemade Blood Orange Curd are egg-xactly what your holiday needs. Pavlovas and blood orange curd have very few ingredients, so starting with the highest quality eggs is super important.

These pavlovas were inspired by @susanspungen!

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Prep time 3hrs
Cook time 1hr
Serves or Makes: 6

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For the Pavlova

ingredients

  • 5 eggs, whites
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sifted cornstarch (or tapioca starch)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Lemon Curd

ingredients

  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh blood orange juice
  • 3 blood oranges, zested
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

Method

  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 300˚F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Step 2

    Add egg whites and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer fit with the whisk attachment. Begin whipping at low speed, then gradually increase the speed to medium. When the egg whites begin to look foamy, begin adding the sugar in one tablespoon at a time.

  • Step 3

    Once all of the sugar has been incorporated, increase the speed to high and whip until stiff peaks form and the meringue mixture is glossy and the sugar is fully dissolved. Add cornstarch, lemon juice and vanilla and fold in by hand until incorporated.

  • Step 4

    Remove the mixing bowl from the machine and spoon the meringue into 6 dollops on the prepared baking sheet. Use the back of a spoon to from the meringue into egg-like shapes, then use the spoon to carve a small divot in the center so you have a spot for your curd.

  • Step 5

    Place the sheet pan in the oven and immediately reduce the heat to 250˚F. Bake for about 75 minutes, or until the outside of pavlovas are creamy white color and appear dry to the touch.

  • Step 6

    Turn the oven off and crack it open with the handle of a wooden spoon. Let the meringue sit and cool inside the oven for at least 1 hour.

  • Step 7

    While the pavlovas cool, make the blood orange curd. Set up a double boiler by placing a heat-safe bowl over a pot of simmering water. Make sure the water is not touching the bottom of the bowl. Add the egg yolks, sugar, blood orange juice, and lemon zest to the bowl and whisk until smooth. Continue whisking constantly for about 10 minutes, or until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and stir in the butter 1 tablespoon at a time until well combined. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer. Let cool, then place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before using.

  • Step 8

    Once cooled, fill the pavlovas with blood orange curd and serve.

  • Step 9

    Pavlova shells can be made one day in advance. Blood orange curd can be made one week in advance.