Patriotic Pavlova is an easy dessert to make for the Fourth of July or any other patriotic occasion. A simple meringue topped with cream and berries captures the essence of summer living. Pavlova is something I first tasted when my mother-in-law made it on one of our visits to England. It was a delightful surprise to find the chewy meringue topped with freshly whipped cream and macerated berries. She shared with me the secret that this playful dessert is perfect to serve to company because of its ease to make and the ability to bake the meringues ahead of time. You can make one large meringue that you then cut into pieces or I like to make individual sizes so that everyone can add toppings and create her own masterpiece.
For the Fourth of July try this Red, White, and Blue creation with whipped cream (yes, you’ll want to use fresh cream and not the stuff that you squirt out of a can for this dessert) and berries. Fresh berries are abundant right now and, if you have time, macerate them before topping the meringues. Macerating berries is a fancy way to say that you let the berries hang out in a bit of sugar and their own juices first. Here’s a quick reminder if you need it. So simple yet so good.
Start with this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens to make the meringues which are your base for the pavlova. Prepare the meringues ahead of time and store them in an air-tight container for up to a few days. Top with your freshly whipped cream and berries and you are ready to celebrate!