The Teen woke up late on a Saturday morning. And while we had all just enjoyed the luscious and fruit laden pavlova with strawberries and oranges the night before, she decided to create her own pavlova. And yes, this was the first thing she ate that day, hence it was christened a “Breakfast Pavlova”. But it would have been great for a lunch or dinner dessert dish. We eat relatively balanced meals in our household, so I have to say this experiment was slightly off the grid. But it was wickedly good. :)
The teen used the second pavlova base leftover from the day before. We had stored the meringue uncovered inside the oven, and surprisingly, it remained crisp. Into the “well” of the meringue, she placed about a cup of freshly made but cooled chocolate ganache… 70% Valrhona dark chocolate with cream that was incredibly heady with chocolate flavor, and rich from the cream, but nearly bitter without a hint of sugar.
We had no real whipping cream in the house so she improvised and sprayed instant whipping cream over the ganache base.
She then crumbled up two generous slices of homemade brownies (softened in the microwave) and sprinkled this over the whipped cream. Onto that she drizzled more chocolate ganache and insisted that her half of the pavlova was done. Adults could and did add chopped freshly roasted cashew nuts for crunch and added flavor…
So was this just some tooth-numbing folly of a dessert? Not. The meringue was crispy chewy and a great vessel for the nearly bitter but incredibly flavorful ganache. The cream added texture and cut the intensity of the chocolate. The brownies gave texture and sweetness without being cloyingly sweet. And the drizzled ganache took this up a notch. The adult version with nuts was great, but the Teen swears the no-nuts version was better. :) I only had one big fat generous spoon full of this pavlova but it was terrific. With a cup of coffee or tea, a match made in heaven. Isn’t it great when you can eat whatever you want for breakfast every so often? :)