Pavlovas make the perfect summer dessert! They are light and fluffy and can be topped with a variety of toppings! These passion fruit mini pavlovas are packed with layers of passion fruit flavors using Da Vine Foods Passion Fruit Puree, including a rich passion fruit pastry cream and an irresistible sweet and sour passion fruit agrodolce sauce. We also topped these pavlovas with homemade vanilla whipped cream!
What is a Pavlova?
Pavlovas are meringue-based desserts that are baked slowly at a low temperature. This results in a nice crispy outer shell and a marshmallow-y interior. Unlike other meringue cookies, these aren’t dry throughout because of the addition of corn starch and an acid in the meringue (we use white wine vinegar, but lemon juice is a good alternative here as well).
One thing to note about pavlovas is that humidity can be a meringue’s worst enemy. If you notice that your meringues don’t form a crisp shell on the outside and seem a bit sticky following the baking times in this recipe, likely humidity is an issue. You can place your pavlovas back in the oven and bake at 250°F for another 20-30 minutes to combat this. Additionally, try not to open the oven throughout the baking and cooling process to prevent excessive cracking.
Although there are many ways to enjoy pavlovas, we chose to layer passion fruit flavors in two ways: a pastry cream and an agrodolce sauce.
The passion fruit pastry cream is rich yet subtle, whereas the sweet and sour passion fruit agrodolce sauce packs a firm passion fruit punch. These two come together and create the most perfect combination, especially atop the pavlova shell.
Whipped cream is another great addition to any pavlova and making it from scratch is so simple and always tastes better! Our vanilla whipped cream recipe included here is wonderfully light and complements the flavors of the passion fruit so well!
If you can get your hands on fresh passion fruit, adding some of the pulp on top of the pavlova is always a great idea. The edible seeds provide a nice additional texture, too.
We hope you enjoy this recipe for Passion Fruit Mini Pavlovas. If you give them a try leave us a comment below or tag us on Instagram @davinehawaii.
If you enjoyed this recipe, check out some of the other recipes contributed by Mark and Angela at Cooking With Wine Blog using our Passion Fruit Products below:
- Grilled Salmon with Passion Fruit Glaze
- Passion Fruit Gin Punch
- Passionate Ginger Whiskey Cocktail
- Passion Fruit Milk Chocolate Hand-Rolled Truffles
- Brie and Passion Fruit Pepper Jelly Grilled Cheese
- Passion Fruit White Chocolate Mint Gelato
- Passion Fruit and Peach Waffles
Recipe by Mark and Angela from Cooking with Wine Blog
Featuring Da Vine Foods Passion Fruit Purée