Summer Strawberry Pavlova

Summer Strawberry Pavlova

I’ve seen images of pavlovas sprinkled across the internet and featured in glossy magazines over the years and always thought, “Wow, that is a beautiful dessert! Must be complicated to make…” So I would go on with my life, turning to my tried and true dessert recipes when I was in the mood for something sweet.

Summer Strawberry Pavlova

Summer Strawberry Pavlova

In the past year I’ve tried to be more adventurous with my baking and after a semi-success with our Nutella Brioche Swirls, my confidence was raised. Over the weekend I decided it was finally time to try the legendary pavlova – and guess what?! I was nervous for no reason! These mini pavlovas were a breeze to make.

Summer Strawberry Pavlova

If you are ready to impress your friends, or simply bring a gorgeous dessert to your next party follow the pavlova recipe below!

Summer Strawberry Pavlova

Ingredients:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 C. white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C. whipped cream
  • 1 C. sliced strawberries

Recipe:

  • Preheat your oven to 300˙ and line a baking pan with parchment paper
  • Whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form
  • Gradually add the sugar, then gently fold in the vanilla extract
  • Spoon the mixture onto your baking pan and form fist sized circles
  • Place in the oven and bake for one hour
  • Let cool and serve topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries

 

 

Strawberry Compote Parfait

Strawberry Compote Parfait

When I was growing up I always thought we had a large garden. It spread the length of our backyard and was home to rhubarb, tomatoes, cucumbers, raspberries – the list could go on! After an afternoon playing out in the yard or swimming in the pool, my siblings and I would scavenge around in the garden for a quick snack.

Strawberry Compote Parfait

Now that my siblings and I are all grown, you would think the family garden would scale back. Wrong. My parents have taken it to a whole new level and expanded the garden to triple it’s original size. While they sell produce at the farmers market, they still have an overflow of fruits and veggies. Luckily, that means I get to stock my fridge with fresh homegrown produce.

Strawberry Compote Parfait

My last haul included a bag of strawberries. I ran through a list of recipes to use the strawberries and settled on these yogurt parfaits. They are quick and easy to assemble and make for a delicious mid-week breakfast.

Strawberry Compote Parfait

Ingredients:

  • 2 C. strawberries, slices
  • 2 Tbs. honey
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice
  • Greek yogurt

Recipe:

  • In a sauce pan over medium heat, bring the strawberries, honey and lemon juice to a simmer.
  • Once bubbling, reduce the heat and use a wooden spoon to mash the strawberries.
  • Continue cook for 10 minutes, occasionally stirring
  • Remove from heat and let cool
  • In an airtight container, layer the strawberry compote under a dollop of greek yogurt.
  • Top with strawberry slices and a drizzle of honey.
  • Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

 

Strawberry Smoothie Bowl

Strawberry Smoothie Bowl

The antioxidant packed acai bowl experienced its five seconds of fame on Instagram this year. I have a sneaking suspicion this breakfast item was ordered for its photogenic quality than its health benefits – but I’m not here to judge! Who wouldn’t want a beautifully presented breakfast?

Strawberry Smoothie Bowl

This phenomenon made me brainstorm what other breakfast items I could transform into works of art. I settled on a strawberry smoothie bowl. It follows the same foundation as an acai bowl: pour smoothie in a bowl + sprinkle with delicious toppings. Bonus: the smoothie is a cheerful pink color. (Note: This would be perfect for breakfast on Valentine’s Day!)

Strawberry Smoothie Bowl

Strawberry Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C. vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 C. milk
  • Handful of fresh cut strawberries
  • Toppings of choice

Recipe:

  • Blend the Greek yogurt, milk, and strawberries until smooth. Add more milk/yogurt to get your desired consistency
  • Pour into a bowl and sprinkle with the toppings of your choice. (I went with strawberries, granola, and goji berries)