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Dark Chocolate Chip Pavlova with Strawberry Whipped Cream

This has been an exciting week for me!

Dark Chocolate Chip Pavlova with Strawberry Whipped Cream

I am so happy to let you know that I am going to write a second cookbook!  It will be another book about pies, because you can’t have too much pie I suppose, but this book will be different than the last in that it will focus on gourmet ingredients and high-end flavors.  I have a pretty tight deadline for this one but I am confident I can get it all written in time.  To celebrate I decided to treat myself.  A few years ago I had my first pavlova and I was smitten.  What I like best is the mixture of textures.  The outside of a pavlova is shatteringly crisp, but the inside is gooey and moist.  Topping it all off is a cloud of whipped cream and, in most cases, some fresh fruit.  It is the perfect balance of light, fresh, and rich.

Dark Chocolate Chip Pavlova with Strawberry Whipped Cream

For my celebratory pavlova I decided to go all out and make a dark chocolate pavlova with melting slivers of chopped chocolate throughout.  The result is an ultra rich chocolate flavor that is similar to a chocolate souffle.  To my whipped cream topping I added added a few tablespoons of fresh strawberry custard sauce.   It added the right about of sweetness and strawberry flavor without taking anything away from the chocolate bliss underneath it.   This dessert must be served very soon after it is assembled to preserve the pavlovas crisp crust, but you can make the meringue base a few hours in advance, just leave it uncovered on the counter until ready to serve.  This is an easy, and impressive, dessert and perfect for any celebration!

Dark Chocolate Chip Pavlova with Strawberry Whipped Cream      Serves 8

For the meringue:
4 egg whites, at room temperature
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder
2 ounces finely chopped bittersweet chocolate

For the whipped cream:
1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberry
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon butter, cubed and chilled
1/2 teaspoon gelatin
1 tablespoon cool water
1/2 cup cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Chopped fresh strawberries, for garnish
Shaved chocolate, for garnish

Heat the oven to 250 F.  Trace an 8-inch circle onto a sheet of parchment paper.  Place the paper traced side down onto a sheet pan.

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In the work bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, add the egg whites and cream of tartar.  Begin beating on medium-low speed until the egg whites are frothy then increase the speed to medium-high.  Gradually add the sugar.  Once all the sugar is added increase the speed to high.  Add the vanilla and salt and beat until the egg whites form firm peaks.  Sift the cornstarch and cocoa powder over the eggs whites and fold them in until evenly incorporated.

Dark Chocolate Chip Pavlova with Strawberry Whipped CreamDark Chocolate Chip Pavlova with Strawberry Whipped Cream

Add the grated chocolate to the egg white mixture and fold in.  Spread the meringue onto the prepared parchment paper.  Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, then turn the oven off.  Open the oven door part of the way and allow the meringue to cool for one hour.  Once the hour is up remove the meringue from the oven to cool to room temperature.

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Once the meringue has cooled prepare the strawberry whipped cream.  Begin by pureeing the strawberries with the sugar until smooth.  Strain the puree into a small saucepan.  Add the egg yolk and whisk until well combined.  Cook the mixture, whisking constantly, over medium heat until it comes to a full boil.  Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the butter.  Chill the mixture until cold.  If you are in a hurry you can use an ice bath to chill it quickly.

In a small bowl combine the gelatin with the cool water.  Let stand ten minutes, then heat in the microwave for 8 to 10 seconds, or until fully melted.  Cool to room temperature.

In a medium bowl combine the cream with the vanilla.   Begin whipping the cream on medium speed until frothy.  Increase the speed to high and add in the gelatin mixture along with 2 tablespoons of the strawberry custard.  Whip until the cream forms medium peaks.

Dark Chocolate Chip Pavlova with Strawberry Whipped Cream

Spread the whipped cream over the meringue.  Garnish with diced strawberries and shaved chocolate.  Serve the remaining strawberry custard sauce on the side, if desired.

Dark Chocolate Chip Pavlova with Strawberry Whipped Cream

Enjoy!

Dark Chocolate Chip Pavlova with Strawberry Whipped Cream

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28 Responses to “Dark Chocolate Chip Pavlova with Strawberry Whipped Cream”

  1. Congratulations Kelly – geez your first book isn’t even out and your second one is in the bag! You deserve this pavolva. Looks wonderful!

  2. This looks amazing! Congrats:-)

  3. Congratulations on your first AND second cookbooks! Your pavlova looks absolutely luscious and the perfect way to celebrate. I’ve been wanting to make a pavlova forever and the chocolate element in this one is very convincing! I will make it for sure.

  4. I have made pavlova many times but never with chocolate. This is such a nice idea I am looking forward to trying it out.

  5. This looks awesome! I love pavlova and to use a chocolate meringue in it is a great idea! I am definitely trying this soon and definitely buzzed it!

  6. CONGRATULATIONS !!!! YAY :) I’ve been wanting to try pavlova for a while, I’m wondering how it tastes like! :) Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Evan Thomas says:

    I’ve never made a pavlova because I always thought they were boring; this is definitely anything but boring.

  8. Rachelle says:

    Can’t wait to see your new cookbook. I read pie cookbooks like they are novels.

  9. Pavlova just got a huge bump up on my “kitchen Bucketlist”.

  10. Ann says:

    Stunning pavlova and congratulations! You must be over the moon! I can’t wait to see your new book!

  11. Congratulations about the cookbook! A book dedicated to pies…i mean really, is there anything better!? Maybe this pavlova, i do adore a pavlova and yours looks divine! :)

  12. One of my all time favorite desserts. EVER. I made a layered pavlova for dessert last year for a barbecue. Guests raved about it, said I should not have gone to so much trouble. Really…just baked meringue, whipped cream and raspberries drizzled with some chocolate. It’s look belies it’s ease. Isn’t that the perfect dessert? I haven’t done chocolate flavored meringue but now I see that in my future.

    And here’s to pies…and you!

  13. Karly says:

    Congrats on the second cookbook! That’s awesome news! :)

    And this looks DIVINE.

  14. Oh my, that looks incredible! I love pavlova but I’ve never made anything like this before. I have got to try this! Congrats on your second cookbook,that’s awesome!

  15. This looks perfectly delicious. Strawberries and chocolate, nice!

  16. Congrats congrats congrats!! What great news :D

    I’m so glad you showed a photo of the inside of the pavlova. I never knew if the inside was supposed to be a little un-set and marshmallowy. Thanks :)

    P.S. Small typo: second paragraph: melting sslivers :)

  17. Elise says:

    Making this right now for my friend from Australia, who is waiting anxiously on my couch for it to finish. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  18. maria says:

    That looks amazing!

  19. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten anything like this before. Looks very intriguing in terms of textures.

  20. Gorgeous! I love pavlova, but never thought of making a Chocolate one! Thanks for the recipe!

  21. Valerie says:

    I didn’t expect to have this inside the pavlova, looks delicious!

  22. Congrats on the 2nd book! Looking forward to it! And this pavlova looks absolutely mouth-watering!

  23. Oh my goodness, this looks DELISH! I love pavlova but have never tried a chocolate version, can it get any better than that? Congratulations on your books, how wonderful =)

  24. I’m so excited to see your first cookbook. What an accomplishment! And another one in the works too- yay!

    I’ve never made a pavlova before. A chocolate one is a nice idea. Looks delish.

    Can’t wait to see you at dinner tomorrow night!

  25. Congrats on the second cookbook! And, lovely pavlova. Looks just perfect!

  26. Paula says:

    How exciting for you to have another book in the works! Best wishes with it and with the first one, I’m sure they will both be best seller as is this pavlova! Outstanding.

  27. Christine says:

    Hi Kelly, Your Dark Chocolate Chip Pavlova with Strawberry Whipped Cream recipe has been selected to be featured in a Recipe Guessing Game. Please share the following link with your friends and fans. To play, go here: http://knapkins.com/guess_games/76?source=blog Congrats again!! :)

  28. Kinga says:

    This pavlova looks delicious.

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