Lemon Curd Pavlova with Peaches & Apricots takes advantage of the beautiful fresh summer fruits and showcases it in a most delectable and stunning dessert that will impress your guests and family. [Gluten-free]
Song of the day: Just Like Fire - Pink
I have to admit, summer in Edmonton is beautiful. There is so much to do, see, experience, taste and explore. We like to squeeze every drop out of summer before a heavy blanket of the "white stuff" covers everything and hibernates us.
We go to every farmer's market in the city, the outdoor ones, mostly, but not forgetting our lovely indoor one. We usually come back home with bags full of organic produce, including a lot of fresh fruit from one of our favorite vendors, Steve & Dan's Fresh B.C. Fruit. Alberta does not have the right climate to grow all the gorgeous summer berries, stone fruits, melons, so we joyfully welcome their production of the season. We have handpicked some local berries, bought pounds of B.C. berries already, but it wasn't until last week that we also got our hands on B.C. peaches and apricots. Their sunny, cheerful color greeted us last Thursday at the 124th Grand Market and we couldn't help but take them home with us.
Another activity we love to do in the summer months is to entertain. Having friends over for dinner is a double blessing. We get to enjoy their company and I get to bake (as if I did not bake enough, already, lol). In this particular occasion, one of our friends is gluten intolerant, so a gluten-free dessert was in order. I am lucky because Loreto does most of the dinner, and I can concentrate on baking, which is my absolute passion. Since I had quite a few egg whites leftover from other desserts I made, the thought of a Pavlova was immediate. It so happened that not so long ago, Loreto and I watched an episode of Nigella's At my Table, where she was making a beautiful and so delectable lemon pavlova. Overly sweet desserts are my nemesis, so when I saw that to counterbalance the sweetness of the meringue she added lemon zest and juice, and a lemon curd underneath a blanket of fluffy whipped cream, I was sold.
I thought that the beautiful citrus flavor in the meringue and in the lemon curd would marry well with the wonderful stone fruit we had just bought and that our friends would really enjoy the dessert.
This Lemon Curd Pavlova with Peaches & Apricots is not the easiest and fastest desserts to make, but the heart-shaped eyes and the oohs and aahs escaping from your guests' lips will repay you of the time spent making it. I actually started the night before, making the meringue base. It cooked in 1 hour and I left it overnight in the oven with the heat off and door open. The meringue base is supposed to crack, do not worry about it, the outside meringue will just melt in your mouth and the inside will be a wonderful fluffy marshmallow. Paired with the tangy and silky lemon curd, the unsweetened, voluptuous, whipped cream, the fresh summer sweet, juicy peaches and apricots, and you have a dessert that will be hard to forget.
Want to really show your guests how much you appreciate their company? Serve them this Lemon Curd Pavlova with Peaches & Apricots and get ready for those looks and sounds!
Song of the day: Just Like Fire - PinkPrint