Pavlova with Blueberry Jam

Blueberry pavlovas www.abeautifulmess.comIf you have never tried (or never even heard of) Pavlova before I don't blame you. It's not a dessert that I see very often either. Mainly I've seen them in cookbooks and I always think, "Whoa, that's gorgeous!"

It's a very pretty dessert. So it only makes sense that it was created and named after a famous ballet dancer (thank you, Wikipedia).Blueberry pavlovas www.abeautifulmess.com If you've never tried Pavlova before you might be curious what it tastes like. It's a meringue dessert, so it's crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. It reminds me of what I'd imagine a baked marshmallow to taste like. And Pavlova is usually served with whipped cream and berries. I decided to skip the whipped cream (but feel free to add it in if you want) and make a quick blueberry jam to top these. Blueberry pavlovas www.abeautifulmess.com  Pavlova with Blueberry Jam, makes 8-10 servings. Pavlova recipe from here

6 egg whites (use the yolks to make ice cream!)
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups sugar

1 cup blueberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
mint leaves to garnish How to make pavlovasHomemade pavlovasWith an electric mixer set to medium whisk together the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt for 3 minutes. Let the mixer keep running and add in the sugar, a spoonful at a time. Once the meringue is thick and can form stiff peaks you're done (about 6 minutes total)!

Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spoon on big dollops of meringue and press the centers to form little bowls (to hold the jam later). Bake at 250°F for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Halfway through baking be sure to rotate the pan(s) so that they bake evenly.Homemade blueberry jam www.abeautifulmess.comTo make the jam combine the blueberries, sugar, corn syrup, lemon juice + zest in a small pan. Cook over medium heat (so it just reaches the boiling point) for 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat, the jam will thicken as it cools. Top the Pavlovas with warm jam and a mint sprig.Blueberry pavlovas www.abeautifulmess.com   Easy, huh? I bet you thought these would be really hard to make. They're not. You were wrong. How weird for you. ;) xo. Emma

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