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Pavlova Recipe. A Healthy Dessert Filled With Greek Yogurt and Fruit

Updated on October 10, 2012
4.4 stars from 5 ratings of Pavlova

Anna Pavlova was a Russian prima ballerina, arguably one of the most celebrated in history. During the first part of the 1900 she toured the world. While visiting New Zealand a very special dessert was created in her honor. This was of course the Pavlova. It's a fluffy cloud of meringue that looks like a tutu, baked in a way that gives it has a wonderful crisp crust. It's filled with a cream mixture and topped with fruit. All the many textures and flavors make this dessert as dramatic as Anna Pavlova's performances. Certainly a dessert you must try once in your life, and be hooked for the rest of it.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 4 hours
Ready in: 4 hours 20 min
Yields: Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cup greek yogurt, Honey
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

A note on ingredients

Traditionally the meringue is filled with a mixture of whipped cream and marscarpone cheese. While this is indeed wonderful it is more difficult to find marscarpone and I have found greek yogurt to be just as wonderful. The greek yogurt I use is Zoi brand and the traditional honey flavor. This is the yogurt I base the nutritional facts on. It is higher in fat than other greek yogurts but I find it to be the best in flavor and texture.

The fruit used is entirely up to you. The nutritional facts and the picture are what I listed in the ingredients but I have made this with many other fruits and they are equally amazing.

  1. Preheat oven to 275'F. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and grease lightly.
  2. In a small bowl combine sugar and cornstarch.
  3. In a large bowl beat your egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  4. Add about 1/3 of the sugar and cornstarch and beat until stiff and glossy. Repeat twice more until sugar is completely incorporated.
  5. Use beaten eggs to form a bowl shape on the wax paper as shown in picture below.
  6. Bake in 275'F oven. After 5 minutes reduce heat to 250'F. Continue to bake another 50 minutes. It is very important not to open the oven door during cooking.
  7. After the 50 minutes of baking is over turn off oven and leave the pavlova in the oven for 3 hours (or overnight.) Do not open oven door.
  8. Transfer pavlova to serving plate and fill with yogurt. Top with berries. Serve within a couple hours of doing this step.

Tips for great meringues

Leave your eggs at room temperature for about 30 minutes.This will help you achieve maximum volume.

Make sure your bowl and beaters are extra clean. Even the slightest bit of grease will ruin a meringue. I recommend not using plastic as it clings to grease more than anything else.

Use a large bowl so you have enough room for growth and to prevent mess.

Do not skimp on the beating once you start adding sugar. Be sure to beat well after all the sugar is added. If not the meringue may shrink while baking.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/6 pavlova
Calories 163
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 29 g10%
Sugar 25 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 12 mg4%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
Miniature Pavlovas with strawberries, banana's and kiwi.
Miniature Pavlovas with strawberries, banana's and kiwi.

This recipe is featured in a great collection of hubpages recipes by 2patricias


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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you ^_^ I saw your picture you said was inspired by mine... Beautiful!! Your Pavlova looks scrumptious ^_^ I'll be adding a link to your recipe index in several of my recipe hubs asap!

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      2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      I am adding this to my Recipe Index for HubPages.

      The next time I make Pavlova I will try it with Greek yoghurt.

      My favourite fruit to use in Pavlova is Kiwi Fruit, so I was delighted to see your illustration for mini-Pavlova.

      Voting this us and sharing.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      James, Thank you for your wonderful support! I appreciate you very much ^_^

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      Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Another excellent and delicious looking recipe. Thank you for sharing your talents with us, this looks fantastic. Voted up, shared, and rated useful, awesome, and interesting :)

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      ComfortB, Thank you for all the votes and your great comment. The great thing about pavlova is you can put whatever fruit you want on it ^_^ Choose whatever is in season and sounds good to you. I hope you enjoy ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Divacratus, Thank you for your nice comment ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Happyboomernurse, Thank you so much for all you wonderful support! I'm happy to have a nurse's seal of "healthy dessert" approval!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Mary, I think it's about time there was a dessert named Mary!

      Thank you so much for you lovely comment ^_^ and all your fantastic support. A seasoned meringue maker should have no problem making a delectable pavlova! Enjoy ^_^

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Wow, this look good, and I bet it is also delicious. I can do without the banana though. Voted up and 'yummy', well, useful will do.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      What a great way to serve meringues - sweet but also very healthy, a great combination.

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      Kalpana Iyer 4 years ago from India

      Looks really really yum!

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow! This looks and sounds, delicious as well as nutritious. Gave it 5 stars and voted up across the board except for funny. Also shared and pinned.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Must be nice to have a dessert named after you, huh? This looks so good. I love making meringues for all sorts of things, and I will try this!

      I voted UP, etc. and will share, and Pin.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Ishwaryaa, Thank you so much, Your support is fantastic my friend ^_^ If you try this I'm sure you'll be just as addicted to it as I am! Thank you again, it's always a pleasure to hear from you!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow! The first and last photos looked drool-worthy! I have heard of the famous ballerina Pavlova. This dessert sounds tasty with fresh fruits, adding extra health. Well explained instructions & helpful tips! A charming hub! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up, pinned & shared on Facebook

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Patricia, Thank you so much!! I just love your recipe index!! It's really fantastic ^_^ Your support is especially appreciated ^_^

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      2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      This looks lovely! I am hoping to add a "pavlova" section to my Recipe Index for HubPages. Right now, I am adding this under my "kiwi fruit" section and making reference to your very attractive mini-Pavlovas.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Natashalh, Thank you so much ^_^ you're so sweet! I just love the simplicity of these ingredients... when they combine though the different textures and flavors are just fantastic. I truly hope you enjoy!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Rajan! Your support is greatly appreciated my friend!

      I too have a hard time finding marscarpone cheese and usually make it myself when I need it for tiramisu (maybe I'll have to make a hub on marscarpone sometime...) Pavlova is a great way to enjoy fantastic fruits, I'm so happy you enjoyed my hub ^_^

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      You have so many amazing recipes! This combines some of my favorite ingredients and I can't wait to try it out. And with such an attractive picture, it's time to pin this one, for sure!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Sasha, the pavlova looks delicious. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe with an alternative for the traditional whipped cream and marscarpone cheese. I wouldn't have been able to get it this cheese here.

      Glad you included the tips.

      Bookmarked, shared and pinned. Voting up, awesome.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Meldz! Love hearing from you and appreciate the support!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Delicious and healthy dessert! Another recipe to be pinned!

      Voted up and more. :-)

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Oh my, thank you so much Katiadejuan!! I just love to know the result of my recipes... especially good ones ^_^ You made an excellent combination!

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      Katia De Juan 4 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Mama Kim! We made the dessert last sunday with a few modifications, we used banana and peach and a little bit of vainilla ice cream, and it was delicious, my sister enjoyed a lot! Thanks for this amazing recipe! (^_^)

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Katiadejuan, thank you for your nice comment ^_^ I hope you and your sister enjoy! Remember to start it the night before you want to eat it.

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      Katia De Juan 4 years ago from London, UK

      Wow! It looks delicious! I'm going to try it this weekend when my sister comes to visit us. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe! :)

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Denise, Ice cream sounds yummy too! I bet the coldness adds even more crisp to the bowl ^_^ Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

      Lady E, I hope you like it! It's very easy just a lot of wait time ^_^ Thank you for the comment an stars! ^_^

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Lovely and healthy. Easy to make too. I've never made a Greek Dish before. This will be a first. :-) Thanks. 5 Star.

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      Denise Mai 4 years ago from Idaho

      Oh wow. I'll have to try this. I've made meringue bowls before but I filled them with ice cream. Greek yogurt is a much healthier choice and sounds yummy. Great recipe!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thank you Moonlake!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      This looks good. Voted up.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Thanks for your comment and pin Michelle ^_^ If the eggs break too much break them into a small bowl by themselves before adding them to the rest of the egg whites. Any yolk in the meringue will ruin it. Hope that help you ^_^ I'm happy we connected too!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hey, Kim! Thanks for this, I"m pinning. Have some trouble with getting an egg beaten right sometimes...it breaks at whim! Love the meringue tips, and a healthy dessert is the dessert for me. Thanks for sharing!!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Daniella, I'm happy it's captured your interest ^_^ Let me know what you think. It's one of those desserts you just have to try at least once in your life... usually if you do you'll be hooked ^_^ Good luck and thanks for the comment and vote.

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      Danielle Lopez Newcomb 4 years ago from Arkansas

      This looks beautiful and sounds like it is decadent! I can't wait to make this. It sounds pretty easy, too. Voted up. :D

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thank you for such a nice comment, Vespa ^_^ I do hope you enjoy them!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I look forward to trying these pavlovas! I had a meringue/fruit dessert in Chile and really enjoyed it. These look both elegant and delicious. Thanks so much!

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      natures47friend 5 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

      We do have honey greek yoghurt and I must say I have not tried that one...thanks for the hint!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thelma Alberts- These are extremely addicting! I hope you try one ^_^

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      natures47friend- thank you for all the great ideas. Huckleberries grow wild where I live, they kinda look like red blueberries, very yummy. Blackberries grow here like weeds too... although I haven't tried them on a pav yet. I will diffidently look into the yogurt. I'm in love with zoi honey greek yogurt.. but I don't know if our countries sell the same yogurts :(

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Wow! This looks gorgeous and I bet it tastes good, too. Thanks for sharing.

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      natures47friend 5 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

      OK...I don't know what huckleberries are. We usually have whipped cream on top with cut strawberries and grated dark chocolate (berries at Xmas time), but lately we have half cream and dreamy lemon yoghurt. It is a thick delicious lemony yoghurt. Hard to stop eating when you start. We can get in one litre plastic containers here. Try it if you have a similar one. Its divine. Also sliced stewed peaches and walnuts are another favourite. Blueberries seem to be in at the moment. Theres sliced kiwifruit and anything you want to try really. Have fun!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      natures47friend- Oh it is so good to have such a comment from a New Zealander!! I didn't know it was a christmas treat. I might have to make it for christmas now... with passionfruit!! oh and huckleberries ^_^ sounds amazing

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      natures47friend 5 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

      Pavlova...mmmm. We have it a Xmas time, although when my brother visits from Japan, we may have it then too. It is a New Zealand favourite and good on you for doing this hub and visiting New Zealand. We are in a corner of the world. I like the look of your other hubs too.

      Voted up , interesting and useful. Although I have never made a pav myself, I have helped eat them. There are many toppings too. People love passionfruit on top...my personal hate.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      WhydThatHappen- I would absolutely LOVE a hubpages potluck!! Thank you for the rating.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Angela Brummer... Thank you! I hope you make it and truly fall in love

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Thank you MsDora, It's always nice to hear from you ^_^

      I'm sure you've created some pretty fine foods yourself!

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      WhydThatHappen 5 years ago

      If I had my way, I would hold a HubPages potluck, and you would be invited to bring this with you :) Gave it 5/5

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I'm in love this is beautiful and bet tastes awesome! I will share this!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      The photo is tempting. I admire all you wonderful creators of these fine desserts.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Honestly I've failed on a few of these... but when they come out right they are well worth it! ^_^

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Looks easy and delicious. I love blueberries and strawberries. Fruits and meringues are the best!