Get Lost!

May 14th, 2009

No, wait, come back! I didn’t mean it that way!

OMG the texture!!!

OMG the texture!!!

I’m a big fan of LOST. I wish I knew more people locally who were really into it so we could have LOST-themed parties with fish biscuits and Dharma Merlot and mangoes (I do sometimes eat tropical fruit while watching). I once tried to invent a LOST drink, which turned out not so great but had a cool enough detail in it that I want to try again.

Unfortunately, it’s just us here, so I decided to make something totally super awesome in honor of the (stupid crazy) season finale.

Vast expanse of yummmm.

Vast expanse of yummmm.

Pavlova was something I made a week or two ago and, while it was really yummy, I wasn’t able to get a decent picture of the completed dessert. So, I had to make it again. And soon, because holy crap, Australia & New Zealand, how DARE you not share this pile of sugary wonderment with the rest of the world?

I want to tunnel in there and eat my way out.

I want to tunnel in there and eat my way out.

I’m not actually mad at you, Australia & New Zealand. I’m disappointed in the rest of the world for not picking up on this more.

The first time I made pavlova, I made two smaller ones, and topped one with passion fruit and cacao nibs and the other with kiwi and honey. The passion fruit-cacao nib combination was by far the better choice – the crunchy nibs and poppy little passion fruit seeds are a fun surprise among the crispy-yet-pillowy meringue and the soft whipped cream. Pavlova was also my first experience using cacao nibs and I love how the normally bitter little nibs become intense little bites of chocolate when eaten with the sugary meringue.

Precious, tasty little passion fruits.

Precious, tasty little passion fruits.

See, the pavlova makes sense as a LOST tribute because Oceanic Flight 815 departed from Sydney. And, uh, I guess maybe they could find passion fruits on the island? Or, like, the passion of the irritating love triangles and stuff?

Or it’s just a super awesome dessert that you can eat while watching a super awesome show.

Passion Fruit Pavlova with Cacao Nibs

Tasty speckles!

Tasty speckles!

  1. 2 egg whites
  2. 6 Tbsp sugar, finely ground (not powdered sugar)
  3. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  4. 1 Tbsp vanilla sugar
  5. 2 ripe passion fruits (they will be very wrinkly and not look appetizing…until you cut them open)
  6. 1-2 tsp cacao nibs

Preheat the oven to 250. In a stand mixer or with a handheld electric mixer, whip the egg whites to soft peaks. With the mixer running, gradually pour in the fine sugar and continue beating for another minute or so, until the meringue is glossy and fluffy. Pour the meringue onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or a Silpat and shape into a squat volcano, smoothing the sides. Bake for 1 hour, then turn off the oven, prop the door open slightly and let the meringue rest for 2 hours. When you are ready to serve the pavlova, whip the cream with the vanilla sugar to soft peaks, then dollop onto the meringue. Halve the passion fruits and scoop their insides out onto the cream. Sprinkle with cacao nibs and enjoy!

This is our new favorite dessert. Once the local berries are better I’ll be making some berry pavlovas for sure, and will have to experiment with using different types of sugar in the meringue, or just flavoring it (chocolate meringue with the berries, perhaps).

Finally, you may hve noticed that I did not post yesterday. Yeah, I’m giving up on NaBloPoMo. It just didn’t seem to be worth it and I’d rather not spend the whole day stressing about getting something done for the blog. I will continue to post more often than I used to (so there will still be more than one post a week, hooray!) but every day is a bit much for someone who almost exclusively posts about homemade desserts.

9 Responses to “Get Lost!”

  1. Now thats the best thing I have seen all day. Wonderful dessert.

  2. big shamu says:

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  3. Jenni says:

    I used to watch Lost during the first season when it was on at 8:00. Then, they moved it to 9:00 and then 10:00, and I just couldn’t take it. Sigh.

    Here’s an idea for a Lost drink: make your favorite alcoholic beverage, have your beloved hide it, and then go seek out your Lost Beverage! Hooray–a drinking game:D

    I enjoy Pavlova; last time I made one, I made the meringue in the shape of a bowl and then filled that puppy up with pastry cream. Cocoa nibs sound like a great addition. Yum on the nib/passion fruit combo:)

  4. Ana says:

    yes, every day can be a bit of a chore when you actually have to eat all those desserts! it seems great, until you can’t open the freezer without a cookie avalanche.

    i JUST finished off the last of my frozen christmas cookies yesterday afternoon. i had to declare a baking hiatus when i discovered that. but this makes me want to get right back in the kitchen! i love pavlova.

  5. Hehe I admit I missed the whole Lost phenomenon (ruined by hubby who watched the pilot ep with me only to point out impossibilities and inconsistencies!) but I am a huge pavlova lover! This looks great Anna and Australians and NZers would be proud! :D

  6. Y says:

    Okay, I’m from the land of pavlova and I don’t even like the stuff! That’s my excuse anyway, for holding out on you for so long ;P

  7. Oh, I love pavlovas – they are the most delicate dessert and taste fabulous, too!
    Yours looks amazing.

  8. Shari says:

    This looks like an amazing dessert. I love passion fruit AND pavlova so the combination sounds perfect to me. Beautiful job!

  9. Donna says:

    This looks incredible. Absolutely delicious. Never was into Lost much, Im a Greys Anatomy, 24 typre of girl. First time here, love your blog.

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