When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. And when poor judgement in the kitchen gives you runny pavlova, turn it into something else.
At least that’s what I did yesterday. I tried to make a chocolate pavlova, which is a pillow of meringue baked until the outside is crisp while the inside stays soft and chewy. Topped with whipped cream and strawberries, it was going to be gorgeous and decadent. Only I think I pulled it out of the oven too soon and under the crisp exterior was an oozing mess.
Instead of tossing it all in the trash, I decided to get creative. Eton Mess to the rescue!
What is Eton Mess? It’s a combination of crushed meringues, whipped cream, and strawberries, named for the English school that made the dessert famous. I already had all of the ingredients, and since my pavlova was a crumbly mess it seemed like a no-brainer.
In about five minutes I had little glass dishes filled with messy mounds of chocolate meringues, juicy strawberries and vanilla scented whipped cream. They were delicious, decadent but still light, and my dinner guests had no idea that I had planned on serving them anything else.
The recipe for the chocolate meringues below is a tried and true recipe, and not the same one I used for the (failed) pavlova, so don’t worry.
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