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Chocolate Pavlova
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April 29, 2009

The flavor was great, but like others, mine spread out a lot. This was my first attempt at a pavlova. I thought it might help with the spreading issue so I let the chocolate cool a little before incorporating into the egg whites. I spread the mixture into an 8" circle and piled the sides high, but it still ended up about 16" across and maybe 1" tall. Despite my best efforts to make the move smooth and keep the weight evenly distributed, the transfer from the baking sheet to the cooling rack was a disaster. It fell apart into huge chunks. I ended up making pavlova parfaits since I was serving to guests. I would avoid trying this recipe for the first time if you're counting on beautiful presentation. Maybe this recipe would work better if you made individual sized pavlovas. They would bake faster and probably not spread out as much. I did notice that this recipe is pretty much the same as the one from the joyofbaking website, though they call for superfine sugar instead of table sugar and used chopped chocolate instead of melting it. I bet that would fix the spreading problem. As another reviewer said, the egg whites lose their stiffness once the chocolate is added.

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