Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mascarpone Pavlovas

1 1/2 C. Strawberries, stemmed and quartered
3 C. Assorted Berries
3 Tbs. Orange Marmalade
1 Tbs. Water
1 C. Mascarpone Cheese
1/4 C. Sugar
1/3 C. Whipping Cream

4 Egg Whites at room temp for 30 mins
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 C. Sugar
2 tsps. cornstarch
1 tsp. vanilla

Mint leaves for garnish(optional)

Preheat oven to 200 F. Line 2 large baking sheets with foil or parchment paper.

For the meringues, whip the egg whites and cream of tartar with an electic mixer at med-high speed to soft peaks. With the mixer running, add 1 C. of the sugar, a Tbs. at a time, and continue beating until stiff and glossy. Add the conrstarch and vanilla and beat 1 min. longer. Spoon the meringue into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2in. plain tip. Pipe a 2 1/2-inch diamater ring or heart shape on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper, and then pipe another on top of hte first to form a 2-level rim. Pipe more meringue inside the shape to make a thin, solid base. Repeat, forming 6 meringue shells total. Bake the meringues for 1 1/2 hrs (they will not color), then turn offf the oven and leave the meringues in the closed oven for 1 1/2 hrs longer.

Toss all the berries in a large bowl. Combine the marmalade and water in a small saucepan over med. heat and simmer until the mixture has reduced by about one quarter. Let cool, then pour the mixture over the berries and toss together gently with a rubber spatula to evenly coat the berries.

Just before serving, beat together the mascarpone cheese, cream and sugar with an electric mixer at med-high speed until the mixture holds stiff peaks. Spoon the cream into the cooled meringue shells and spread it evenly. Mound the berries decoratively on tip, with a drizzle of the berry juices as well. Garnish with the mint leaves and serve.

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