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Blood-Orange Pavlovas with Grand Marnier

A specialty in New Zealand and Australia, pavlova is a meringue topped with whipped cream and strawberries, kiwi, or passion fruit. Ours deliver a burst of citrus with boozy orange custard and blood-orange sections soaked in Grand Marnier.

  • Yield: Makes 1 dozen

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2004

Ingredients

  • 6 blood oranges, peel and pith removed
  • 7 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, plus a pinch
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Cut oranges into segments. Toss with 3 tablespoons liqueur; refrigerate.

  2. Make meringue: Put egg whites, 1 cup sugar, and a pinch of salt in the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer. Set over a pan of simmering water; whisk constantly until sugar is melted and mixture is hot.

  3. Fit mixer with whisk attachment; beat egg-white mixture on medium speed until soft peaks form. Raise speed to high; beat until cool, and stiff, glossy peaks form. Beat in vinegar and vanilla.

  4. Using a rubber spatula, mound meringue into twelve 3-inch-wide rounds on parchment-paper-lined baking sheets. Swirl edges and make a well in center of each meringue. Bake until crisp and just set in center, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool on sheet on a wire rack. When meringues are cool enough to handle, peel off parchment. Let cool completely.

  5. Make custard: Stir together yolks, juice, remaining 1/4 cup each sugar and liqueur, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a large heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water; whisk until thickened and a spoon leaves a wake, about 4 minutes. Pass mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl. Refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour.

  6. Beat cream to soft peaks; fold into custard. Refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 4 hours (rewhisk before using).

  7. Just before serving, mound custard in each meringue. Top custard mounds with orange segments and their juices.

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