Kitra: This post comes to you from the great state of Oregon (est. 1859) and also from the past. More specifically, the Fourth of July.
Jordan: We were visiting our dad in our hometown and wanted something that was gluten-free for him but was also festive, because when you have a cake blog you’re not allowed to let Independence Day pass without doing something red-and-blue. It’s a rule.
We’ve been looking at pavlovas for a while, because Jordan found a technicality that says they count as cake.
It’s not a technicality, it’s Wikipedia! The title of the article is Pavlova (cake). It counts..
And since my favorite dessert is an Eaton mess, which is basically the same thing (albeit less pretty and with wildly different ingredient ratios) I’m an easy sell.
Pavlova, if you’re not familiar with it, is essentially a giant meringue, generally topped with fruit and whipped cream. You can make it in elegant shapes, or you can just go rustic and free-form it.
And when I saw Erin McDowell had a recipe for a slablova, it was so fun to pronounce that we had to go with it.
It’s like slab pie, only instead of rolling out pie crust you’re just throwing a bunch of egg whites and sugar together and forgetting about them in the oven.
Everyone loves a slab pie.
We were also making a roasted cherry sorbet (which we also recommend, so we doubled the cherries and used those as a topping along with blueberries. We also added an Earl Grey whipped cream, because Kitra will never pass up a chance to add tea to something.
And I have no regrets about it. It brings another flavor to the dish, and allows you to cut the sweetness of the Pavlova.
I did find the pavlova itself to be a bit on the sweet side, but I also topped my portion with weird store-bought almond whipped cream. (Don’t ask.) If you’re going with a store-bought whipped cream, first of all don’t do that, but second of all, you’ll want to make sure you use some unsweetened fruit to keep it from being overwhelmingly sweet.
But really, don’t do that. Even an infused whipped cream is so, so easy.
Overall, a nice change of pace and a good dessert for a lazy summer evening in the backyard.Read More