Daring Bakers: Chocolate Pavlova with Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse

This month’s challenge was one I was a little daunted by – I’ve never really made meringues before and I pretty didn’t this time, either.  It was definitely a learning experience, and I’ll probably give it another go when I have a few people to feed.

The June 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Dawn of Doable and Delicious. Dawn challenged the Daring Bakers’ to make Chocolate Pavlovas and Chocolate Mascarpone Mousse. The challenge recipe is based on a recipe from the book Chocolate Epiphany by Francois Payard.

So, where did I go wrong?  At the most basic level – I misread the instructions and used the F temperature instead of C!  Whoops.  So, overcooked, very much not fluffy meringue.  What do you do with failed meringue?  Eton Mess!  Well, sortof  ;)  I had already made the mousse, so I combined that with the meringue and blended half a punnet of strawberries as a sauce, then threw the rest of the strawberries on top.  It was cavity-inducing, but pretty tasty.

The actual recipe can be found here.

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