Mini Pavlovas

In honor of being in New Zealand, I decided I'd whip up one of the country's traditional desserts - pavlova!  

A pavlova is basically a big meringue.  It's crispy on the outside, and gooey and marshmallowy in the center.  Top it off with fresh whipped cream and seasonal fruit and it's a really yummy melt-in-your-mouth treat.

We've tried to make pavs before, but never had much luck.  In Japan we were dealing with a microwave oven...let's be honest, the "oven" function is pretty useless when it comes to things like cake and obviously pavlova.  When we attempted it here in the UAE for the first time, we were certain it would work - a big, normal oven and super-dry climate which is good for this sort of thing.  Well, when you have an oven that shuts itself off every 10 minutes or so, then refuses to turn back on baking anything becomes a huge headache.  Now that we have a functioning oven I decided it was time to try again.

I saw this recipe on one of my favorite food blogs and made up a batch a few days before we left.  I kept pretty close to the recipe, but topped mine with raspberries and pomegranate seeds, and his with sliced peaches (he is "allergic" to all things berry).  I was a little worried I might be feeding a Kiwi (Bryn) a sub-par pav, but he assured me it was just right and happily ate several of them!

I'll have to see what other Kiwi specialities I can discover while I'm here and try and whip some up for you when we get back!

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