The June 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Dawn of Doable and Delicious. Dawn challenged the Daring Bakers’ to make Chocolate Pavlovas and Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse. The challenge recipe is based on a recipe from the book Chocolate Epiphany by Francois Payard.
I will admit, I am not typically a huge fan of meringue. There’s just something about the texture of it that bothers me. HOWEVER, I’ve discovered that Pavlova is an entirely different beast all together. I absolutely loved this dish. I think the creamy of the mouse paired with the crunchy of the meringue is what did it for me. All three of my kids tore into this dish with reckless abandon and Nick let out a tribal yell after finishing it exclaiming quite loudly that this was the best dessert I had ever made for him.
Not only was it loved when eaten, but my four year old played quite an active role in helping me cook it. He helped make the meringue and loved helping decide what shapes to make them.
Thank you, thank you Dawn for such a lovely and delicious challenge. We enjoyed making it almost as much as we enjoyed eating it!
These pavlova had multiple pieces to them, so we’ll take it one recipe at a time. First up, the meringue. Here’s what you’ll need:
1/2 Cup plus 1 Tbsp of Sugar
1/4 Cup of Confectioners Sugar
1/3 Cup of Cocoa Powder
The Grated Zest from 1 Lemon
9 ounces of 72% Chocolate, Chopped
1 2/3 cups Mascarpone
A Pinch of Nutmeg
2 Tbsp of Triple Sec or Grand Marnier
1 Cup of Heavy Cream
1 Vanilla Bean, Split or 1 tsp of Pure Vanilla Extract
6 Large Egg Yolks
6 Tbsp Sugar
2 Tbsp of Kahlua
1/2 Cup of Heavy Cream