Mini Pavlovas

These single-serving confections make a lovely addition to a dessert buffet.

  • Yield: Makes 4 dozen

Photography: Jim Franco

Source: Good Things for Weddings 2004, August 2004

Ingredients

  • 4 large white eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 1/4 cups superfine sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup Greek-style whole milk yogurt, or whole-milk plain yogurt, refrigerated overnight in a cheeseclothlined sieve set in a bowl
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons pasteurized or reconstituted powdered egg whites
  • 1 pint fresh golden currants

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line mini-muffin tins with paper liners. In a mixer fitted with the whisk, beat egg whites, vanilla, and cream of tartar on medium until soft peaks form. Add 1 cup superfine sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time. Raise speed to medium-high; beat until stiff peaks form. Using a rubber spatula, fold in remaining 1/4 cup superfine sugar.

  2. Transfer meringue to a pastry bag fitted with a coupler but no tip. Pipe meringue into paper liners, filling just to tops. Bake until slightly puffed, about 1 hour. Meringues should be crisp on the outside and have a soft center. Cool completely in tins on wire racks. Remove from tins; store in an airtight container up to 2 days.

  3. In a mixer fitted with the paddle, beat cream cheese on medium until smooth. Add yogurt and confectioners' sugar, and mix to combine. Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 3 days.

  4. Brush a thin layer of pasteurized or reconstituted egg whites on each currant to coat. Roll currants in superfine sugar, and place on baking sheet.

  5. Using a pastry bag fitted with an Ateco #35 star tip, pipe a rosette of yogurt cream on top of each meringue. Garnish pavlovas with sugared currants, and serve immediately.

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