We put an offer in on House B, and now the waiting to see if they accept, counter or reject our offer has begun.
So to fill the time as I wait, how about another dessert recipe?
I made this recipe for our Supper Club last weekend, an amazing Russian meal. This recipe is named for a Russian ballet dancer, and true to its inspiration, it is light as air.
If you can whip egg whites, you can make this recipe. It is impressive to look at (like a ballet dancer), but deceptively simple to make. I added a little Sweet Pea touch and drizzled melted chocolate on top. Yum.
Berry Pavlova with Fresh Whipped Cream and a Chocolate Drizzle
4 egg whites
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon orange extract or orange zest (optional)
1 cup fresh berries
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix the eggs with a mixer until just stiff. To know if the egg whites are whipped sufficiently, when you pull the mixer out of the whites, they should form and keep in the shape of peaks.
Add the sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, mixing briefly between each addition of sugar. Fold in the vanilla and cornstarch.
On a cookie sheet lined with parchment (if you use parchment, crumble it and then lay it flat--the slightly crumbled, uneven surface of the parchment will make it easier to remove the pavlova once cooked) or a Silpat liner, pour the egg white mixture in a 8-9 inch circle, using a spatula to shape. Create a slight indentation in the middle, sort of like a shallow bowl shape, so you will have space to place the whipped cream and fruit.
Bake for 60 minutes or until the edges are slightly brown.
Let cool and place on a serving platter.
When ready to serve, make the whip cream: make sure your bowl and mixer attachments are cold to help ensure good whipping of the cream. Whip the cream and orange (if using) until stiff and spread on top of the pavlova. Top with fresh berries.
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave, cooking for 30 second intervals on high and stirring between each interval until chocolate is fully melted.
Drizzle chocolate on top and serve.
Serves 6, maybe 8, if you are feeling generous.