Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Mexican American Pavlovas for the 4th of July: Recipe

I eat and cook low carb. I have high blood sugar that I control with diet. I'd like to lose weight, but that hasn't really happened, but I am not gaining.... At 64, I guess I should feel lucky about that.

So when we were invited to a 4th of July pot luck, I faced a challenge. I know other people need to eat low carb too, so when I attend events such as this, I try to contribute something that all low-carbers can enjoy without breaking their diets.



This time I chose a dessert idea that I learned about in Australia: The pavlova. Yes, it's named after the ballerina, and New Zealand and Australia squabble about who invented it. It's really just a meringue topped with whipped cream and fruit, but it's great for hot weather and fairly low-carb. If you don't add a lot of sugar, which I don't.

I use Swerve as my sweetener of choice. It's not 0 carb, but low carb. It's made from 100% monkfruit, which is sourced in Europe to keep it GMO free. It tastes great. Just don't overdo it.

Here's the recipe for the Pavlova shell.

Ingredients:
•  6 eggs whites
•  ½ cup Swerve
•  2 ½ cups heavy cream
•  A dash of vanilla
•  A dash of lemon of lime juice


1.   Preheat oven to 250°F.
2.   Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
3.   Separate eggs, and put egg whites into a metal or glass (not plastic) bowl.
4.   Beat until soft peaks form.
5.   Gradually add Splenda and beat until mixture is thick and glossy - at least 5 minutes.
6.   Spoon heaped teaspoonfuls of the meringue onto baking sheets. Use a large spoon to make bowls.
7.   Bake for 20-25 minutes or until crisp and just lightly browned.
8.   Cool in the oven with the door ajar.
9.   Top meringue with whipped cream, and decorate with berries.
10. Serve immediately.  They will last about an hour before they start getting soggy.

I used fun little American and Mexican flag picks on mine, which I purchased on Amazon.  

 

Here's the YouTube video I made of creating these cute little desserts:


So have fun cooking low carb!



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