This is a nice light (in terms of texture anyway) and fluffy dessert.  It’s also great for using up any extra egg whites you have.

Original recipe

Adapted from Allrecipes

Yield: 9″ pavlova

4 egg whites
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons tapioca starch OR cornstarch
2 cups heavy cream
Fresh fruit (6 sliced kiwis, mixed berries, etc.)

  1. Preheat oven to 300ºF.  Get a piece of parchment paper large enough to line a baking sheet and draw a circle 9″ in diameter it.  Flip the parchment paper over and place in the baking sheet.
  2. Beat egg whites until stiff.  Add sugar gradually while continuing to beat.
  3. When egg whites are stiff and glossy, fold in vanilla extract, lemon juice, and tapioca starch OR cornstarch.
  4. Spoon the egg white mixture into the circle on the parchment paper.  Smooth the mixture from the center out to the edge of the circle so that the center is slightly depressed.
  5. Bake for 1 hour.  Cool the meringue completely.
  6. Beat heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks.  Spread it on the meringue in the depression.  Put fresh fruit on top.

Shaved Ice


This is a tasty summer dessert that you can customize easily.  (Besides, how can you go wrong with sweetened condensed milk?)  Instead of using red beans (azuki) as a topping, you can substitute fresh mango, kiwi, or strawberry slices, watermelon chunks, canned lychee…  Anything that you think would go well with sweetened condensed milk, really!

Shaved Ice

A shaved ice machine (for example, this one)
A bowl of ice cubes
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Topping(s) of your choice (red beans, fruit,…)

1. Use the shaved ice machine to grind up as much ice as you’d like.
2. Drizzle a few spoonfuls of sweetened condensed milk over the pile of ice.
3. Add toppings.
4. Eat it before it melts!