Berry Topped Mini Pavlovas

Beautiful Berry Topped Mini Pavlovas,  a light and delicate nest of meringue topped with whipped cream, fresh berries and a lovely raspberry coulis.  An easy to make dessert named in honor of the Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova.A Mini Pavlova topped with whipped cream, sliced strawberries, kiwi, and blueberries on a small plate, with three pavlova on a tray in the background

There are a few desserts that seem to have that "wow factor". One look at them and people automatically believe they were a labor of love to create. A Pavolva, or Mini Pavlovas, are such desserts. In a word, they're beautiful.

A Pavlova is a light, airy meringue that is crispy on the outside and soft as a marshmallow inside. It is served with a layer of whipped cream on top and traditionally, berries.

It was said that prima ballerina, Anna Pavlova "did not simply dance, she soared as though on wings". From this statement, you can see how she inspired this stunning dessert.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Mini Pavlovas are a lovely dessert to serve at a dinner party.
  • They're easy to make, look elegant, and are light and decadent!
  • Pavlovas require only a few ingredients.

Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Egg whites
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Vanilla
  • Lemon juice
  • Heavy cream
  • Raspberries
  • Lemon juice

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Trace a circle on the parchment paper using the rim of a large drinking glass as your guide. Flip the parchment over.

Tracing a circle around an upside down drinking glass on parchment paper that is placed on a baking sheet

2. Pour the egg whites into a large mixing bowl, add a pinch of salt, and begin beating the egg whites at a low speed. Gradually increase the speed to medium.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and cornstarch.

4. When the egg whites begin to foam, slowly add sugar/cornstarch mixture.

5. Continue whipping until the meringue holds stiff peaks.

Whipped egg whites from an electric mixer

6. In a small bowl, whisk together vanilla and lemon juice. Stop the mixer and add to whipped egg whites. Beat for 60 seconds more.

7. Using a large spoon, place heaping spoonfuls of the meringue onto the parchment, beginning in the center of the circle until it's filled. Indent the center with the spoon to allow room for cream.

Six large circles of meringue on parchment paper that is placed on a baking sheet

8. Put the meringue in the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes for mini pavlovas or 60-70 minutes for one large pavlova.

9. Turn off oven and leave the pavlovas inside with the oven door ajar. Leave in over for an additional 30 minutes.

10. When the pavlovas are completely cooled, top with whipped cream, berries, and raspberry coulis.

A Mini Pavlova topped with whipped cream, sliced strawberries, kiwi, and blueberries on a small plate, with three pavlova on a tray in the background

Expert Tips

  • I love adding an easy-to-make raspberry coulis to the tops of my mini pavlovas. The slightly tangy flavor of the coulis compliment the sweet meringue. The coulis can be made a day or two ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it.
  • You really only need a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, however, a hand held mixer will work as well. It will just take longer to whisk.
  • The mixing bowl should be glass or metal.
  • Make sure to use room temperature eggs.
  • Humidity affects pavlovas, so you shouldn't make them on a humid day.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Did The Pavlova Get Its Name?

Pavlovas were named in honor of Russian prima ballerina, Anna Pavlova and surprisingly, pavlovas didn't originate in Russia. There are many stories surrounding the origin of this dessert.  Many people from Australia, New Zealand, England and even the United States claim its origin.

How Do I Know If The Pavlovas Are Done?

The pavlovas are done when the outsides are dry to the touch and sound hollow when tapped with your finger. It's okay if cracks form in the crust.

Can You Make Pavlovas Ahead Of Time?

Yes! You can make pavlovas ahead of time, just be sure to store them in an airtight container and don't top them with whipped cream and berries until you are ready to serve.

A closeup of a Mini Pavlova topped with whipped cream, sliced strawberries, kiwis, blue berries, raspberry coulis, and a sprig of mint on a small plate next to three pavlovas on a large metal tray

This recipe will make 8 mini pavlovas or 1 large (9-inch) pavlova.

Enjoy!

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Berry Topped Mini Pavlovas

Beautiful Berry Topped Mini Pavlovas,  a light and delicate nest of meringue topped with whipped cream, fresh berries and a lovely raspberry coulis.  
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 mini pavlovas or 1 large 9-inch pavlova
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 6 egg whites, room temperature
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice

WHIPPED CREAM

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

RASPBERRY COULIS (could be made a day or two ahead of time and refrigerated)

  • 6 ounces fresh raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions

  • Place the oven rack in the lower third part of the oven.
  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment. Trace a circle on the parchment paper using the rim of a large drinking glass as your guide. Flip the parchment over.
  • Pour the egg whites into a large mixing bowl, add a pinch of salt and begin beating the egg whites at low speed. Gradually increase the speed to medium.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and the cornstarch. When the egg whites begin to foam, slowly add the sugar/cornstarch mixture, one or two tablespoons at a time, waiting a few seconds between each addition. While doing this, increase the speed to high.
  • Continue whipping until the meringue holds stiff peaks.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the vanilla and the lemon juice. Stop the mixer and add to whipped egg whites. Beat for 60 seconds more.
  • Using a large spoon, place heaping spoonfuls of the meringue onto the parchment, beginning in the center of the circle and working towards the outside of the circle until it's filled. Indent the center with the spoon to allow room for cream. You can either smooth out the edges or leave them the way they are. I love the free form, imperfect look of a meringue.
  • NOTE: If you are making one large pavlova, spoon all of the meringue on to the parchment paper in the center and spread out. Make an indentation in the center so that the meringue is slightly higher along the rim. Also note that you will need to bake the pavlova for 60 minutes if making a large one.
  • Put the meringue in the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes for mini pavlovas or 60-70 minutes for one large pavlova. The pavlovas are done with the outsides are dry to the touch and sound hollow when tapped. It's okay if cracks form in the crust.
  • Turn off the oven and leave the pavlovas inside with the oven door ajar. Leave the meringues in the oven for an additional 30 minutes. If the tops begin to brown, remove them from the oven and continue cooling on the counter.
  • When the pavlovas are completely cooled, top whipped cream, berries and raspberry coulis.
  • TO MAKE THE WHIPPED CREAM
  • Pour the cream into a mixing bowl and add the sugar. Turn on the mixer and begin whipping at medium speed, gradually increasing the speed to high. When stiff peaks begin to form in the whipped cream, turn the mixer off.
  • TO MAKE RASPBERRY COULIS
  • Place 6 ounces of fresh raspberries into a saucepan on medium-low heat. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and ½ teaspoon of lemon juice. Heat and stir gently until sugar is completely dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Pour the raspberry mixture into a blender and puree. Pour mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard the seeds. You might have to press down on the mixture to allow it to flow through.

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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20 thoughts on “Berry Topped Mini Pavlovas”

  1. Leigh Anne Borders

    5 stars
    Seriously great looking dessert. I was searching for something to make for our New year’s Eve party and this will be perfect!

  2. Pavlova reminds me of my time studying abroad in Perth- it is one of my favorite desserts but I usually fail when I attempt to make it myself. You make it look easy!

    1. Thank you, Emily. It’s really easy to make and this is the recipe I’ve used over and over again. I hope you give it a try again, it’s such a wonderful dessert.

  3. Justine | Cooking and Beer

    I love pavlovas, but I’ve only made them one time! Definitely making these soon!

  4. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Hi joanie! This is a lovely recipe! So elegant (and definitely yummy)! Perfect for a special occasion!

  5. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

    We absolutely love pavlova at our house, it is so good!! I love the mini idea, it is perfect for entertaining!

  6. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    Love the idea of individual pavlovas. Am now thinking I might make them even smaller, like a bite-size meringue, and put the berry on top. Inspiration from YOU!

  7. allie @ Through Her Looking Glass

    5 stars
    Dear Joanie, What a gorgeous and gourmet dessert. I’ve always wanted to make a pavlova and never attempted it. Yet. I didn’t know the story behind it either…what a light and airy holiday dessert!

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