Pavlova with Fresh Fruit

@Eisenherz (2909)
Portugal
February 1, 2007 6:27pm CST
Ingredients : 4 x egg whites 1 1/8 cup sugar 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch 1 1/2 tsp white vinegar 1 1/2 cup heavy cream 4 x to 5 cups peeled and sliced fresh fruit (kiwi, bananas, pineapple, papaya, berries or a combination) Method : * Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mark a 9 inch circle on a sheet of nonstick baking parchment paper. Turn the paper over and place on a baking sheet. Beat the egg whites until stiff, then add the sugar, 1 teaspoon at a time, beating the mixture constantly. Combine the cornstarch and vinegar in a small bowl and whisk into the egg white mixture. Spread the mixture inside the circle on the baking parchment, building up the sides so that they are higher than the middle. * (You may pipe the mixture inside the circle with a pastry bag if you wish.) * Place in the oven, then immediately reduce the heat to 300 degrees. Bake the meringue for 1 hour or until firm to the touch. Turn off the oven and leave the meringue inside for another hour. Peel the lining paper from the meringue and transfer the meringue to a serving plate. Leave to cool. Before serving, whip the heavy cream until stiff. Spoon into the middle of the meringue. Top with the prepared fruit. Serve immediately.
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