Drunk Cherries in Chocolate Pavlova Recipe

Drunk Cherries in Chocolate Pavlova Recipe

Pavlova Recipe

I’ve always wanted to take my turn on Pavlova recipe and make it a bit different from the classic Pavlova dessert . Well, I just can’t /don’t follow original recipes .I have to add ,remove, update,downgrade , just play with it,untill it’s what I want, and then maybe change it again, as if I don’t have anything else to do. As far as I understand, Pavlova recipe is a simple meringe topped with whipped cream frostig and fresh berries, and I’m sure it’s probably the best version , however ,it came to my mind to try making it a bit Armenian style and more flavorfull .This Pavlova recipe turned out a bit “kids unfriendly” since it contains alcohol , of course you can substitute it with rum ,bourbon or amaretto liqor extract ,if using real alcohol is something you would want to avoid.Or just omit alcohol .That’s perfectly fine, nothing dramatic will happen, just do as I’m always doing : play with the recipe , create your own at least once in a while.To me experimenting,creating something on your own, is the best ,fun part about baking /cooking.

Drunk Cherries in Chocolate Pavlova Recipe

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“Drunk Cherries in Chocolate Pavlova Recipe”

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Drunk Cherries in Chocolate Pavlova Recipe



For the meringue

4 Egg whites ,at room temperature

¼ Tsp cream of tartar (or salt)

1 Cup granulated white sugar

1 Tsp vanilla extract

2 Tsp cornstarch

Green food coloring a few drops, depending how bright you want the meringue (optional)

Drunk Cherries in Chocolate Pavlova Recipe

For the cherry & chocolate ganache layer

1 Cup washed,dried,sliced and deseeded fresh cherries,save a few, 10-15 whole to decorate

Drunk Cherries in Chocolate Pavlova Recipe

(You can also use canned cherries, just make sure to drain well)

1 Tbs sugar (optional, if cherries are too sour)

⅔+ Cup rum (bourbon or any mild liquor,or you can substitute alcohol with specific extract 2 tsp or so, mixed with some water or juice )

2/3 Cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

2 tbs unsalted butter


For the whip cream topping

1 Cup cold heavy whipping cream

1 /4 cup confectioners sugar

1 Tsp vanilla extract

Drunk Cherries in Chocolate Pavlova Recipe


Drunk Cherries in Chocolate Pavlova Recipe

Preheat oven to 220°F/120°C

Prepare the baking pan by lining it with parchment paper

Make sure to draw an 8″ circle on the paper to help you spread the meringue evenly

Start by making the meringue

In a clean mixing bowl whisk egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy

Start adding sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time ,until stiff meringue forms

Drunk Cherries in Chocolate Pavlova Recipe

Add sifted cornstarch, food coloring and vanilla

Beat a few more minutes to combine

Using a spatula or a piping bag with star tip, spread/ pipe the ready mixture on lined baking pan

Try to shape the center a little deeper than the sides

Remember you will be adding filling inside that center!

Bake about 60-80 minutes or until dry

Drunk Cherries in Chocolate Pavlova Recipe

While it’s baking continue working on the filling

In a cup mix together rum and 1 tbs sugar and add it to sliced cherries

Let it rest and absorb the alcohol about an hour

On a double boiler, or in microwave, melt chocolate chips, heavy whipping cream and butter

Mix until smooth, set aside

To make the whip cream topping

In a cold mixing bowl combine the heavy whipping cream,confectioners sugar and vanilla extract

Beat until the right concistensy

Assembling the Pavlova

Be sure the meringue is completely cooled before topping

First goes the ganache

Then the “drunk” cherries (make sure to strain the liquid properly,tap with paper towel to dry them)

Lastly , top with whipped cream

Add a few fresh cherries on top of the cream, drizzle with some ganach or chocolate shavings

I like using fresh leave from my tangerine tree for decor , you can use mint leaves

Chil the Pavlova 25-30 minutes before serving


pavlova recipe

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