Banana Split Pavlova – A “Sick” Dessert For Both Adults and Kids!
I learned this adjective from my nephews. It now means crazy, cool, insane. OK. This dessert is definitely sick. Our beloved sophisticated pavlova, a refined dessert created to honor prima ballerina Ánna Pávlova, at the turn of the last century has been turned on its graceful ear, so to speak.
Here, our marshmallowy meringue is filled with low-fat vanilla yogurt (for the adults) or ice cream and whipped cream (for the kids). Then it is topped with fresh pineapple and banana, chopped peanuts, a wild drizzle of hot fudge, and studded with (natural, no artificial color) maraschino cherries. For an extra kick, the adults’ cherries get soaked in brandy. It is not the finale for your next elegant dinner party. But it is delightful and playful, a sick dessert with wholesome “banana split” ingredients for adults and kids alike.
Banana Split Pavlovas Recipe
- 6 egg whites, room temperature
- 1 1/2 c. baker’s sugar
- 1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 t. lemon juice
- 3 t. cornstarch
Preheat the oven to 275° F.
Make sure the bowl is scrupulously clean and the eggs have no trace of yolk. In a large glass or copper bowl, beat egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Add sugar, one tablespoon at a time with mixer running until the mixture is thick and glossy.
In a small bowl combine vanilla, lemon juice, and cornstarch until the cornstarch is completely dissolved, then add to the egg white mixture and blend until just combined.
Crumble up a sheet of parchment paper, this will help prevent the meringue from sticking to it. Flatten out the parchment. Place the parchment on a baking sheet and dust with cornstarch.
Scoop the egg white mixture onto the parchment in 6 or 8 mounds depending on the size of desired individual pavlovas. They will expand so be sure to leave space between the mounds. Use a ladle to form wells in the mounds. These wells will hold the yogurt/ice cream/whipped cream. Bake for one hour (do not open door while baking) then turn off the oven, open the door slightly, and let the meringue cool slowly in the oven for another hour.
- vanilla yogurt
- ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, and/or strawberry)
- whipped cream
- fresh pineapple, diced
- banana, diced
- roasted and salted peanuts, chopped
- hot fudge
- natural maraschino cherries (soaked in brandy, optional)
- flaky sea salt
Fill room temperature meringues with yogurt OR ice cream and whipped cream. Top with pineapple and banana. Sprinkle with peanuts. Drizzle hot fudge over the top. Adults will appreciate a light dusting of flaky sea salt. Finish with maraschino cherries. Yeah, it’s sick.
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