Looking for the perfect dessert for your Christmas dinner? This Cherry Pavlova Tree is a decadent treat perfect for any Christmas celebration or dinner.
Storage: Pavlova is only good the same day it is assembled.
Almond extract - This can be completely omitted from the recipe, just know that it will slightly alter the flavor.
Cherries - You can use a different berry or fruit in place of the cherries, such as raspberries, strawberries or even blueberries for a change in flavor.
Before adding the egg whites to the bowl of the stand mixer, ensure that it is dry and not at all oily. If you feel that it has an oily texture after thoroughly washing and drying it, you can wipe it down with a paper towel and some white vinegar.
Be sure to maintain the mixer speed when making the meringue. Increasing the speed will add too much air too quickly which will in turn create a faulty meringue which can deflate in areas when baking.
Do not over whip the whipped cream as it will separate and you will have to start over. If you find that creating a good, stiff whipped cream is difficult, try streaming the sugar in while the mixer is going.
What is the texture of this pavlova?
Meringue is baked into round layers that are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and overall very chewy. Each layer is slathered in a soft, sweet whipped cream and then topped with a delicious cherry sauce that brings in a contrasting flavor that pulls all of the sweetness of this dessert together into one delicious bite.