Pavlova with Rhubarb and Pistachios

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Author: Martha Stewart

It’s hard to believe that a dessert this elevated is made from such basic ingredients. A Pavlova is a meringue-based desert named after the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova.

Serves: 10

INGREDIENTS

1 3/4 cups, sugar – divided
1 tablespoon, cornstarch
4 large, egg whites – room temperature
1 tablespoon, fresh lemon juice – from one lemon
1 teaspoon, fresh lemon juice
Coarse salt
1 pound, rhubarb – trimmed and sliced on the bias into 2-inch pieces
1/4 cup, water
1 1/2 cups, heavy cream
1 teaspoon, vanilla extract
Chopped roasted unsalted pistachios – for garnish

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Stir together 1 cup sugar and the cornstarch in a small bowl. Beat together egg whites, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon salt with a mixer on low speed until very frothy. Increase speed to medium-high and gradually add sugar mixture, beating until stiff, glossy peaks form, 12 to 15 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl halfway through.
  2. Mound meringue onto a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and gently spread into a 7-inch circle, leaving a well 3 1/2 inches wide and 1 inch deep in the center. Bake until meringue is crisp on the outside and the texture of marshmallow on the inside, about 2 1/2 hours. (If meringue starts to brown, reduce oven temperature to 175 degrees.) Turn off heat and let meringue cool in oven at least 2 1/2 hours or up to overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine rhubarb, water, remaining 3/4 cup sugar, remaining tablespoon lemon juice, and a pinch of salt in a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish. Bake until just tender, 10 to 12 minutes, spooning juices over halfway through.
  4. Carefully transfer rhubarb pieces (they will be very soft) to a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet with a spatula; reserve juices. Let cool completely.
  5. Just before serving, beat together cream and vanilla until soft peaks form. Place meringue on a serving platter and fill with whipped cream. Top with rhubarb, and garnish with pistachios. Spoon over pavlova and rhubarb juices, and serve immediately.
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