Chef John's Pavlova with Strawberries


This Pavlova dessert is fun to make and eat. Fresh fruit, especially berries and kiwis, balances the sweet, gooey crunch.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
1 pavlova


  • ¾ cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 3 egg whites, at room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¾ teaspoon white vinegar

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 pint whole strawberries, stems removed


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).

  2. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

  3. Whisk sugar and cornstarch in a bowl. Set aside.

  4. Beat egg whites in a bowl until they are foamy and have a thick, ribbony texture, 2 to 3 minutes.

  5. Pour 1/4 of sugar mixture into the egg whites; whisk until completely incorporated, about 30 seconds. Repeat for rest of sugar mixture, whisking after each addition, until all of sugar mixture is incorporated and egg whites are glossy and thick.

  6. Pour vanilla and vinegar into egg white mixture; whisk until you can lift your beater or whisk straight up and egg whites form a sharp peak that holds its shape, 2 to 3 minutes.

  7. Spoon egg white mixture onto the prepared baking sheet; spread out into a 2x6-inch disk.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour.

  9. Turn off the oven, crack open the oven door and let the Pavlova cool for one hour.

  10. Whip cream, sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl until soft peaks form, 3 to 4 minutes.

  11. Transfer Pavlova to a serving plate. Top with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.

Chef's Note:

I said "4 eggs" in the video, but 3 is what I actually used!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

210 Calories
15g Fat
18g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 210
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 29mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 18mg 89%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 90mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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