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Pavlova Hearts for Valentine’s Day

February 3, 2011

Pavlova Hearts for Valentine's Day

Pavlova Hearts for Valentine's Day

If you were looking for a lower calorie dessert alternative for Valentine’s day this year, this is probably your number one solution.  Pavlova is an amazing dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth and keep your waist line in tact.  It is an Australian or New Zealand dessert that was named after Anna Pavlova a Russian ballerina and her dances best describe this dessert because it is so light and airy or so I have been told.  This is a wonderful dessert for any occasion but for Valentine’s Day it is great if you are following a diet or your New Year’s resolution is still in effect.  It is best served with fresh fruit with a little whipped cream.  These pavlova hearts are the perfect way to tell someone you love them.

Pavlova Hearts

Ingredients and directions for Pavlova Hearts

Ingredients and directions for Pavlova Hearts

1.  Ingredients:

5 large egg whites, room temperature

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

3/4 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

To Prepare:

Preheat oven to 250 F.

2. In the bowl of your electric mixer place the room temperature egg whites.  Beat until foamy. Then add the cream of tartar

3. Beat until soft peaks form.  Add the sugar 1/4 cup at a time beating well after each addition.

4. Add the vanilla and beat the egg whites until no longer gritty, the egg whites should be glossy and smooth.

5. Scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure all the sugar is incorporated.

6. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and using a heart shaped cookie cutter trace 6 hearts on to each baking sheet.

How to make the hearts

How to make the hearts

To make the Pavlova Hearts:

1. Spoon the egg whites on to the heart shapes traced on the baking sheet. If you have a piping bag you could use one here and simply follow the outline and pipe in the filling (much easier)

2. Follow the outline of the traced heart.

3. Smooth the heart with the back of a spoon.

4. Alternately you could fill ramekins that have been buttered or sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

Bake for 70 minutes at 250F.   Place the oven racks in the upper third and lower third of the oven and alternate the baking sheets between the top and bottom to ensure even cooking.  When they are done they will easily be moved from the parchment paper.  Leave them to cool in the oven with the oven door left ajar.  This will prevent them from disintegrating and cracking.  They will be easier to handle.

For the Whipped Cream:

1 cup whipping cream

1 teaspoon of sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoons prepared strawberry jam (optional)

To prepare:

In a chilled bowl of your electric mixer beat the whipping cream, sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form, reduce the speed to low and add the strawberry jam if you are using and then return to high speed until the whipping cream is stiff.  Place in the fridge until ready to use.

For the Strawberries:

1/2 cup sliced strawberries

1-2 tablespoons of sugar

1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

To prepare:

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.  Allow to sit for about 1/2 an hour before using.

You could also use raspberries or whatever fruit you prefer.

Pavlova Hearts for Valentine's Day

Pavlova Hearts for Valentine's Day

There you have it a low in calories and cholesterol alternative to Valentine’s Day dessert 🙂  I’m certain these will be enjoyed by whom ever you choose to share them with.  They are so light and fluffy you will not even realize you are eating a dessert.

Please check out the Sweet as Sugar Cookies blog, and their Sweets for a Saturday post, the above recipe is linked up with them!!

From our kitchen to yours,

Sydney Jones

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