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Spicy. Light. Creamy. An apple pavlova that is filled with spices and topped with fresh whipped cream. This is one dessert that you cannot go wrong with and everyone will love it. It’s not heavy but is filled with flavor with all the spices and a hint of crunch from walnuts.
Not a fan of apples? Swap them out for pears instead! Pears go perfectly with spices and walnuts and would make an amazing caramelized filling for this pavlova. Not a fan of nuts? You don’t have to add them, it does add a nice crunch factor to the pavlova but it’s not necessary to have in this recipe. This apple pavlova can even be made into mini single serving sizes for a party you are throwing! You don’t have to make a large one if you don’t want to and can get creative with not only the size of the pavlova but the design too with some piping tips and swirls.
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- 4 egg whites
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 granny smith apples; peeled cored and thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup walnuts roughly chopped
- preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. in the bowl of an electric mixer, whip the egg whites until foamy and then add the cream of tartar. continue whipping on high until soft peaks start to form and then gradually add in the sugar and whip until stiff peaks form and the meringue is nice and glossy. add in the vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, and cornstarch. put the meringue onto the sheet pan and form into a mound. turn the heat down to 235 degrees F and bake for 2 hours. turn the heat off and leave in the oven for 20 minutes. open the oven door slightly and let cool for an additional 2 hours or over night.
- in a frying pan over medium-high heat, brown the butter. place the apples, sugar, vanilla, salt, lemon juice and cinnamon and cook until the apples are soft, about 15 minutes. once cool, fold in the walnuts.
- place the apples into the center of the pavlova and then top with whipped cream. dust with cinnamon and sprinkle with more walnuts, optional.