Pavlovas are always a winning dessert! And during the height of summer, we love adding several layers of passion fruit flavors to ours. These Passion Fruit Mini Pavlovas have a passion fruit pastry cream, a passion fruit agrodolce sauce, and are topped with homemade vanilla whipped cream!
What is Pavlova?
A pavlova is a delicious meringue dessert consisting of whipped egg whites and sugar in the base. The pavlova is topped with various toppings like pastry cream, curd, fresh fruit and/or whipped cream.
The meringue base has a crispy crust on the outside and a super soft and fluffy interior, which differs from other meringues that are dry and airy throughout. The key to the fluffy marshmallow-like interior is the addition of an acid and some cornstarch in the meringue. This texture really can’t be beat!
What’s in the Passion Fruit Mini Pavlovas?
We absolutely adore the tart and sweet passion fruit flavors and when combined with the fluffy yet crisp pavlova base, the flavors combine for a marshmallow-y mouthful that will have you reaching for another!
Passion Fruit Pastry Cream
We incorporated Da Vine Foods Passion Fruit Puree into a vanilla pastry cream that is perfectly light yet rich with a wonderful subtle balance of passion fruit. We didn’t want the pastry cream to be overwhelming with passion fruit flavor, because we had other plans for these mini pavlovas to make your taste buds dance.
The best part about this pastry cream is that it is so versatile. It can be added between layers of a cake, into a cream puff or eclair, as the filling of a macaron, or simply added to a bowl of berries as a refreshing summer dessert! So, get creative and use this pastry cream in other sweet treats as well!
Passion Fruit Agrodolce Sauce
We are big fans of combing flavors to create something unique! And one of our favorite sauces to create is a sweet and sour agrodolce (gastrique) sauce. The most basic agrodolce or gastrique is equal parts sweet (sugar) and sour (vinegar) that can be added to anything to make it shine, like fruit. But that ancient baseline is just the template for making a sauce that can really elevate sweet dishes and can add so many options to your favorites. We often use these in desserts, such as our Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Cake, or drizzled over gelato or a creamy brie cheese.
The wonderful thing about these sauces is that they can be used for savory dishes, too! They brighten any of your favorite eats and definitely add another dimension and level of flavor. We often will make agrodolce sauces to drizzle over duck, pork or chicken, as well as vegetables or as a dressing for a salad. They work great as a glaze on salmon or other seafood, too.
The passion fruit agrodolce sauce we made for the pavlova packs so much passion fruit flavor into it and turns this into something truly special when drizzled over the pavlova with passion fruit pastry cream.
Where can I find Passion Fruit?
It is often a challenge finding passion fruit in its whole form here in Texas. Even if we can find them, they are often unreasonably expensive. So we always have a bottle of Da Vine Foods Passion Fruit Puree on hand so we can make delicious passion fruit recipes any time! Da Vine Foods is a Hawaii-based company selling a variety of high-quality passion fruit products.
- Passion Fruit Milk Chocolate Hand-Rolled Truffles
- Brie and Passion Fruit Pepper Jelly Grilled Cheese
- Brown Butter Cardamom Linzer Cookies with Passion Fruit Jelly
- Passion Fruit White Chocolate Mint Gelato
- Grilled Salmon with Passion Fruit Glaze
We were able to get our hands on some whole passion fruit this summer and topped our pavlovas with some of the pulp for a bit extra flavor and texture. This is optional, but we recommend giving it a try if you can find passion fruit. The black seeds are edible and have a nice crunch, as well.
We hope you enjoy this recipe for these beautiful Passion Fruit Mini Pavlovas! If you give these a try, leave us a comment below or tag us on Instagram @cooking_with_wine.
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