*Recipe originally posted in April 2012, new version posted with updated photos and recipe notes!
Until recently, Pavlova was a dessert I didn’t really understand. I’d seen them popping up here and there, but it never really appealed to me. Since the outside looks so hard and crunchy, I just assumed it would be dense and dry and crumbly. Then, a few days ago, I tried my first bite of one and I was in dessert heaven. I had never in my life tasted such a light and fluffy dessert. It’s airy and not too sweet and honest to goodness melts right in your mouth. The meringue gets crisp on the outside, but stays marshmallow-y on the inside, giving it the fluffy, light as air texture….