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Full Pavlova Topped with Fresh Berries

Pavlova Recipe with Fresh Berries

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Austrailian


A light and delicate meringue cake is topped with whipped cream, silky creme anglaise and lots of berries in this Pavlova Recipe with Fresh Berries.



Creme Anglaise*

  • 1 1/3 cups heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons superfine sugar**
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, or 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 egg yolks


  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups superfine sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • 3 cups fresh berries
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped to stiff peaks


Prepare the Creme Anglaise:

  1. In a small pan, whisk together the cream, milk, and 2 tablespoons of sugar.  If you are using a vanilla bean, use a sharp knife to scrape the seeds from the center of the seed.  Add the seeds to the cream mixture.  Put the vanilla pod in the pan as well.  Place the pan over medium-low heat and heat until small bubbles start to form along the edges of the pot.  Remove from the heat.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and the remaining 1/2 cup sugar for 2 to 3 minutes, until fluffy and pale yellow.  Whisking constantly, slowly pour about 1/2 cup of the cream mixture into the egg mixture.  Once combined, pour the mixture back into the pan, whisking the whole time.  Turn the heat back onto medium-low. Cook the sauce, stirring frequently, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon and does not run together, 10-12 minutes. 
  3. While the sauce is cooking, prepare an ice bath.
  4. One the sauce is thickened, remove the pan from the heat and remove the vanilla pod.  If using vanilla extract, stir it in now.  Pour the sauce into a bowl, then place the bowl in the water bath. Let the sauce cool completely, stirring frequently.
  5. Once cool, remove the sauce from the water bath.  Cover the sauce with plastic wrap, pressing the wrap down on the surface of the sauce.  Refrigerate the sauce for at least 2 hours before serving.

Make the Pavlova:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Beat on medium until light and frothy.  Add in the vanilla and beat.  Turn the mixer on and add the sugar, a few tablespoons at a time, until fully incorporated.  Continue to beat until the whites are thick and glossy and they hold medium-firm peaks.  Fold the cornstarch into the meringue with a rubber spatula.
  3. Pour the meringue out onto the prepared baking sheet.  Form the meringue into a 6 to 7-inch circle, making a bowl shaped indentation about 4-inches across in the center.
  4. Place the baking sheet in the oven, then immediately reduce the heat to 300ºF.  Bake for one hour, then turn off the heat, leaving the pavlova in the oven to cool completely, 1 to 2 hours.

Make the Filling:

  1. Combine the berries, sugar and lemon juice in a bowl and stir to combine.  Let the berries sit at least 1 hour, up to 2 hours.

Assemble the Pavlova:

  1. Place the meringue on a serving plate.  Fill the bowl in the center with the whipped cream, then drizzle with the creme anglaise.  Top with the berries.  Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes:

*You will not need all of the creme anglaise for this recipe. Reserve the remaining sauce for pouring over cakes, ice cream, fresh berries, or just eating with a spoon!

**If you don’t have superfine sugar, you can make your own by placing sugar in a food processor and pulsing to break it down.

Recipe Source: The Perfect Egg

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.

Nutrition information is using 1/2 of the included creme anglaise.


  • Calories: 552
  • Sugar: 59 g
  • Sodium: 157 mg
  • Fat: 30 g
  • Saturated Fat: 18 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 10 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 64 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 194 mg

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