Lemon Cream Pavlovas
Yield: 6 small pavlovas
 
Ingredients
For the Lemon Curd
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ⅓ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (from about 3 lemons)
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • ½ cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into chunks
For the Pavlova:
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup superfine sugar*
  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
For the Cream:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
Instructions
For the Lemon Curd:
  1. In a small saucepan combine the yolks, lemon juice and zest, salt and sugar. Whisk together and then cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 5-7 minutes, until mixture thickens and can coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and stir in the butter, one piece at a time.
  2. Pour curd into a fine mesh sieve, straining out any chunks or large zest bits. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap placed directly on the surface and refrigerate until chilled completely.
For the Pavlovas:
  1. Preheat oven to 275F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. (If desired,) trace 6- 3 inch circles spaced evenly among the sheet and flip the parchment over so the writing is facing down.
  2. Place the egg whites in the very clean bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a (very clean) whisk attachment. Whisk on medium high speed until soft peaks form. Let the machine continue to run as you gradually add the sugar- one tablespoon at a time. Continue to beat, raising the speed to high if needed, until stiff glossy peaks are formed.
  3. Sprinkle the corn starch, vinegar and vanilla over the meringue and gently fold them in to combine.
  4. Now gently spread the meringue in the circles on the parchment to make circular bases. Make sure the edges of the meringue are slightly higher then the center so you have a very small well in the middle.
  5. Bake for about 40-55 minutes, or until the meringue rounds are a pale pink egg-shell type color. Turn the oven off and leave the door slightly ajar to let the meringues cool completely. As the meringue cools, it will crack slightly.
For the Cream:
  1. Whip the heavy cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add the vanilla and sugar and continue beating until you get stiff peaks.
To Assemble:
  1. Top each cooled meringue round with a large spoonful of lemon curd and spread it to the edges. Add a large dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy!
Notes
Pavlova Recipe adapted slightly from Australian Food

Lemon Curd Recipe adapted from: Martha Stewart
Recipe by The Baker Chick at https://www.thebakerchick.com/lemon-cream-pavlovas/