Posted by: marthabernie | June 26, 2014


Dr. Mehmet Oz has a new magazine out called, Dr. Oz The Good Life.  Most of the recipes it contains have to do with eating greens, especially kale.  So I was a little surprised to find the following recipe in the  May/June issue.  He says that if you cut it into 10 slices, each has only 144 calories, 5 grams of fat and 16 grams sugar.  Pavlovas can be tricky depending on your climate, but this one is certainly worth a try!  PS  Pavlova is a dessert created in Australia in honor of the famous ballet dancer.


3 large egg whites

1 teaspoon white vinegar

2/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoon cornstarch

1 pound strawberries, quartered

6 oz raspberries

splash of liqueur such as Kirsch, optional

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup low fat plain Greek yogurt

Heat oven to 300 degrees F.  Place egg whites, vinegar and 3/4 cup sugar in a heatproof bowl.  Set over a pan of simmering water.  Whisk to dissolve sugar, 2 to 3 minutes.  Transfer to a stand mixer.  Beat with whisk attachment on high until stuff peaks form, 5 to 7 i minutes.  Mix in vanilla.  add cornstarch; beat briefly to combine.  Lower oven to 225 degrees F.  Trace a 9 inch circle on a sheet of parchment paper.  Flip paper over and place on a baking sheet.  Spread the meringue to fill circle; form a slight well in the center.  Bake 1-1/2 to 2 hours until crispy (interior will be soft).  If meringue begins to brown, lower oven to 200 degrees F.  Turn off oven and leave meringue inside until oven cools and meringue is just firm enough to peel off parchment.  This should take at least 30 minutes to an hour.  Combine berries, 1 tablespoon sugar and liqueur.  Let sit until juicy and sugar dissolves, 10 minutes to an hour.  Whip cream until soft peaks form.  Stir yogurt until smooth; fold into cream.  Spread onto meringue, leaving a one inch border.  Pile fruit on top.  Serve within a few minutes, cut into 10 wedges with a pie server or serrated kitchen knife.


  1. This sounds so lovely.
    My Mum makes a great pavlova!


    • They are fairly easy and really special desserts once you get the hang of it.


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