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Very Berry Christmas

Growing up in New Zealand, my family always served pavlova at Christmas. The texture of the crunchy meringue on the outside and sweet, cloud-soft inside is blissful. Topped with a tart mixture of berries and lashings of whipped cream - pavlova is the perfect end to your Christmas dinner celebration.

Pavlova with Cream and Berries

(For 8 – 10 Servings)

  • Preparation time: 25 min
  • Cooking time: 55 min
  • Resting time: 1 h
  • Total time: 2 h 20 min
  • Difficulty: easy

Pavlova with cream and berries for Christmas


  • 4 large eggs; whites only, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar; divided
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries; sliced
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the egg whites in a large bowl. Add the cream of tartar and beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add in 1 cup of sugar and continue beating until stiff glossy peaks form. Fold in the cornstarch and lemon juice.
  3. Spoon the meringue onto prepared pan; with the back of a spoon, shape into a 10-in. circle, forming a shallow well in the center. Bake until meringue is set and dry, 45-55 minutes. Turn off oven and leave the meringue inside, without opening the oven door for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool completely on the baking sheet.
  4. Once the meringue is cool, add the heavy cream to a large mixing bowl. Beat the cream until it begins to thicken. Add the remaining sugar and beat until soft peaks form.
  5. Transfer the meringue to a serving plate. Spoon the whipped cream over the top, forming a slight well in the center. Top with the fresh berries and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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