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Triple Orange Mini-Pavlovas

Triple Orange Mini-Pavlovas

Let's talk Pavlovas. Pavlova is a light and crisp meringue cake with a crunchy shell, they are often garnished with whipped cream and fresh fruit. From outwards appearances you may easily mistake Pavlova for Meringue, however, they have vastly different interior textures. A meringue is made from egg white and sugar, they are typically very dry and have crunchy centers. Pavlova have a similar base but also include cornstarch and vinegar which results in a a slightly squishy interior, almost marshmallow-like consistency at their center. 

With a wonderfully pillow-soft interior beneath their crunchy shell, pavlova are a multi-textured phenomena. Paired with fresh orange zest, bitter blood orange curd, fresh fruit, and a cool dollop of fresh whipped cream - these are clouds from an orange-scented heaven. 

 

Blood Orange Curd & Meyer Lemon Curd

Blood Orange Curd & Meyer Lemon Curd

Citrus is at it's finest in the depths of winter, a welcome blast of tart, bright edible sunshine. Here is Southern California we are lucky (ahem, spoiled) to have access to a dizzying variety of locally grown produce throughout the year, but even here in this coastal paradise, we too must follow the seasons when it comes to Meyer Lemons &  Blood Oranges. These elusive winter gems seem to pop-up overnight and disappear just as quickly.

Gather a bag (or two) of these fine fruits while they are still abundant and make yourself a winter treat: Meyer Lemon Curd & Blood Orange Curd. Dolloped onto yogurt, spooned directly into happy mouths, baked into bars, meringue pies or tarts, poured over pavlovas... the possibilities go on and on. Point being, you want this, you need this, so let's get cooking shall we?

Candied Orange Peels

If orange-creamsicles dreamed of a winter season reincarnation, they would aspire to be these candied orange peels with creamy vanilla undertones. Make your own summer-sunshine dreams come true with a few Valencia oranges and a double dose of vanilla. While these are delightful to nibble as-is (hello, movie snacks!) you must promise me to add some to one of your favorite baked recipes. Use them anywhere dried fruits are suggested. I've had wonderful results when added to oatmeal cookies,  carrot cake, Irish soda bread, cranberry orange bundt cake, and even a savory chicken and sweet potato tagine.