A special thank you to Cost Plus World Market for sponsoring today’s recipe!
Growing up in Texas, football was the “it” sport. As much as I tried to find passion for it, I simply just liked it, rather than loved it. For me, tennis was so much better. I played it throughout high school and grew even fonder of it when my father began taking interest in the sport. I remember the first time he picked me up from practice and showed up early to watch me rally with teammates. While I never expressed how pleased I was to see him in the stands, it meant so much to me. I recall playing even harder and more aggressively that day just to show him how much I’d improved.
From that point, I noticed he would join me in the living room to watch televised tennis tournaments throughout the year. Among our favorite ones to view was the Australian Open. There’s just something about Australia that I’ve always been drawn to. I suppose it doesn’t hurt that their food scene is superb, in my opinion.
We loved watching players hustle back and forth across the blue courts. A lob here, an ace there and my favorite, a strong volley to win a point. There’s nothing better than seeing a tennis player return a ball with such force and purpose. Taking this trip down memory lane definitely gets me excited for this year’s open, which starts on January 16th and ends on January 29th. I have no idea who will win. All I know is I want to see some smashing matches.
In honor of this fantastic sporting event, I’m sharing a recipe for a Chocolate Mint Pavlova. If you’ve not had one, a pavlova is a large baked meringue covered in cream and treats, such as fruits, preserves and chocolate. A perfect pavlova is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. It’s quite popular among Australians and looks lovely, so much so that I decided it would be a great celebratory dessert for the Australian Open Tennis Championship. I will be watching the final match on the Tennis Channel from the comfort of my home as I devour this dessert that’s been filled and topped with Arnott’s Chocolate Mint Slice Biscuits.
I’m sure you’re now salivating over this dessert. Me too! Let’s make it.
- 6 egg whites
- 2 packets Dr. Oetker Vanilla Sugar
- 1 cup caster sugar
- 3 tbsp Guittard Unsweetened Cacao
- 3 tsp cornstarch
- 2 tsp white wine vinegar
- 3 pkgs Arnott's Chocolate Mint Slice Biscuits, roughly chopped and separated
- 1½ cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 pkg Dr. Oetker Whip It
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
- In a bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Continue whisking while slowly adding in the Dr. Oetker Vanilla Sugar and caster sugar.
- Mix in the cacao, cornstarch and white vinegar until thoroughly combined. The batter should be thick and hold its shape.
- Use a spatula to fold in ⅔ of the chocolate mint biscuits.
- Divide the batter evenly among the baking sheets. Form approximately 6- to 8-inch circles and flatten the tops slightly.
- Place the pavlovas in the oven and immediately reduce the heat to 300 degrees F. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn off the oven. Leave the pavlovas in the oven with the door closed and allow them to cool completely before removing. (This will take several hours.)
- Make whipped cream by whisking together the heavy whipping cream, Dr. Oetker Whip It, granulated sugar and Nielsen-Massey Vanilla. Stop whisking once the cream thickens to your liking.
- Assemble the pavlova by placing 1 pavlova on a cake stand and topping it with half the whipped cream. Place the second pavlova on top. Spread on the remaining whipped cream and finish with the chopped chocolate mint biscuits.
Don’t forget to pick up must haves for recreating this dessert at home. You’ll find necessary ingredients, including Australian foods, as well as entertaining essentials and baking products at your local Cost Plus World Market.
Arnott’s Chocolate Mint Slice Biscuits | Guittard Unsweetened Cacao | Dr. Oetker Whip It | Dr. Oetker Vanilla Sugar | Nielsen-Massey Vanilla | Metal Nonstick Cookie Sheet | White Melamine Batter Bowl | Round Marble and Wood Pedestal Stand | Vintage-Style Pie Servers | Natural 100% Linen Napkins | Danieli Salad Forks
Maybe next year, I’ll go to the event. You might be able to as well. Cost Plus World Market is actually hosting a fantastic contest that could have you sitting in the stands for the 2018 Australian Open. See for yourself.