11.05.2010

quite possibly...

the best dessert on the face of the planet. passionfruit pavlova. so, passionfruit is in season. at the local farmers market there were mounds of them. with their uninviting exteriors, deep plummy purple, and wrinkly, and the dried up flower bud usually hanging for dear life on the stem. not a pretty thing outside, but its whats inside that counts, right? yep. 



the pavlova. i saw nigella lawson make one once, and found some passionfruit by accident soon after i came upon her recipe. so i thought i'd give it a try. it has easily become my favorite dessert. just like that. it is a crispy exterior-ed meringue with a soft interior, slightly chewy. after baking for an hour, the meringue is inverted to expose its tender belly. plop on a mound of unsweetened whipped cream, and spoon over tart and ultra aromatic passionfruit pulp. seriously unbelievable. my husband and i ate an entire half of one, and would have eaten the whole thing had i not taken it up to our friends house next door. i didn't even get a picture of it... that is how fast it went. 
click below for the recipe.