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What do homemade summer desserts and the lowest priced unlimited plans from Walmart have in common? Both can help you hold on to your sweet summer memories long after the season is over.
I had my first meringue dessert in the summertime when I was about 8 or 9. My mom made it, and I was instantly infatuated. An undeniably “foodie” child, I found so much wonder in recipes that turned simple ingredients – like sugar and eggs – into sweet, delicate treats that seemed worthy of the most special occasions.
Pavlova. It even sounded fancy. I watched my mom whip the egg whites into a frothy frenzy, and listened intently as she taught me to watch for peaks and perfect texture. Then, I crouched next to the oven door, watching as that fragile crust baked into a crispy, crunchy shell with a pillowy, marshmallow-y center.
We topped those crusts we made with custards, puddings, cremes and fresh berries. Sometimes blueberries, sometimes strawberries dipped in a bit of fine sugar. Banana, even.
Every time, it was nothing short of magic to me. Like so many kitchen memories with my mom, those tastes and textures became part of the recipe that eventually became me, and unlike many memories that fade as time goes by, all it takes is a little time in the kitchen and they’re completely tangible again. (And sometimes, my mom even lets me borrow her cake stand to take a photo.)
The beauty of a well-loved recipe.
But was it really the recipe, or my mom’s attention that was divided only between me and the meringue? I’m not sure, but both felt pretty special. I made my kids their first Pavlova this past weekend for Memorial Day, and judging by their reaction, I’d say it’s going to keep its status as a summer favorite for many years to come.
Luckily, it’s a recipe that’s as easy to make as it is easy to devour.
In keeping with my evil plan to add a little chocolate into everything I do, this meringue has a bit of dark chocolate loveliness tucked inside. All you need to do is fold it into the mix before baking, and it seems to settle into the middle. Hard to spot from the outside, but those dark, decadent swirls are unmistakable once you start doling out slices.
- 6 egg whites (at room temperature)
- 1½ cups superfine sugar
- one pinch salt
- ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- ¼ cup grated/shaved dark chocolate
- 1½ cups heavy whipping cream, cold
- 1 cup mascarpone cheese, cold
- 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups strawberries, washed and sliced (dusted with sugar, if desired)
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking stone or flat baking sheet with parchment paper; draw or trace a 9" circle lightly on parchment.
- Using either a stand mixer or hand mixer with whisk attachment, whip egg whites and pinch of salt in a large bowl (medium speed) until foamy with peaks beginning to form, about 8–10 minutes. Increase to high speed and gradually add sugar, ¼ cup at a time, whipping continuously. Add cream of tartar. Whip a bit longer until stiff peaks begin to form and meringue mixture looks glossy and firm.
- Remove mixer attachments and gently fold in cocoa powder with a rubber spatula. Follow by folding in dark chocolate shavings. If you desire a ribbon/swirled effect, just fold chocolate through a few times and don't fully blend.
- Turn meringue mixture out onto your baking sheet and spread lightly into 9" circle or desired shape. Do not overwork. Place in oven, decrease heat to 250 degrees, and bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until meringue is dry, crisp and seems hollow. Turn oven off, prop door open, and allow meringue to cool to room temp as the oven cools.
- Once meringue is cool, gently lift it off parchment and onto a serving dish. Place whipping cream in a medium bowl and whip until fluffy. Add mascarpone cheese, sugar and vanilla and whip to incorporate, but do not overwhip. Place cream mixture in the middle of meringue. (The middle will crack and collapse a bit under the weight of the cream. Not a problem.) Spread cream toward the edges, then top with fresh berries.
- Slice into wedges to serve.
Now that my own family is past those baby years, we’re not wasting any time making memories both in and out of the kitchen. Our backyard playdates and local travels have been keeping my kids busy and my smartphone full of photos. Isn’t it great that we have so many easy ways now to capture memories on our mobile devices? As a product of the crappy disposable camera generation, I can’t image having a library of crisp, fresh images from my younger years, but I will definitely have them for my children!
As a Walmart Family Mobile Ambassador, I’m excited to spread the word about their 4G LTE service and how easy it is to capture unlimited memories with unlimited talk text and data/web (with up to 1G of 4G LTE data) for only $29.88/month.
Whether you’re browsing new recipes, photographing your creations for posterity, or just documenting a simple afternoon of summer play, those treasures are worth a lot…but recording them doesn’t have to cost a lot.
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Sweet, right? Thanks for the memories Walmart! (You too, Mom!)
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please click here or visit your local Walmart for current pricing.