It's hard to decide whether it's the presentation or taste that makes this pretty dessert tops. Fresh berries rest on a pillow of homemade meringue for a finale that sums up why we love summer in one delicious bite. —Charlene Chambers, Ormond Beach, Florida
- 6 egg whites
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 4 large peaches, peeled and sliced
- 2 cups fresh blackberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons peach schnapps liqueur
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Additional fresh blackberries
- Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Add the vanilla, cream of tartar and salt; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, on high until stiff peaks form.
- Drop meringue into six mounds on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Shape into 3-1/2-in. cups with the back of a spoon. Bake at 225° for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until set and dry. Turn oven off; leave meringues in oven for 1-1/2 hours.
- In a large saucepan, combine the peaches, blackberries, sugar and liqueur. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3-4 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form.
- Spoon fruit mixture into meringue shells; top with whipped cream. Garnish with additional blackberries. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Peach Blackberry Pavlovas in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2011, p232
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