I have been away for a few days – it was a nutty weekend and the end of the week was just as busy for me. Trying to fit in classes at the gym into my already busy schedule was a challenge. I finally had some time on Sunday to try out a new recipe with some egg whites I had saved – individual low carb pavlovas! It’s something I have wanted to make for ages, but never did because well…I never have egg whites and I really HATE egg whites. LOL! These have always looked so good though, so I caved. Man oh man, this is my new favorite thing. Amazingly simple (although they do take a long time to bake/cool), and melt in your mouth delicious. These will be made often!!! Low carb, low calorie, deliciousness!
Low Carb Pavlovas with Berries
4 egg whites at room temperature
3/4 cup powdered or superfine sweetener (I used Ideal Confectionery)
Pinch of Xanthan Gum (or cream of tartar – 1/4 tsp. I didn’t have any, so I use Xanthan)
Less than 1/8 teaspoon lemon extract (optional – I used about 3 drops, just enough!)
For Berry Filling:
- 1 8 ounce package cream cheese at room temperature
- 1/3 cup powdered sweetener (I used Ideal Confectionery)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed
For Berry Topping:
- 1/2 cup of frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed
Preparation for Pavlovas:
Ok. This is going to be REALLY simple (we like that, right?)! Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
In a bowl (or stand mixer) using a whisk attachment, beat your room temperature egg whites at medium speed until they begin to get nice and thick. Once they are thick, begin adding in your sweetener about a tablespoon or two at a time. Once all your sweetener is in and incorporated (scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed), add in the pinch of Xanthan (or cream of tartar) and the lemon extract if using. Bump the speed up to high, and continue to whip until nice, stiff peaks have formed.
Next is the fun part! Grab a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. You can either spoon the egg whites onto the lined pan, or you can put them into a pastry bag and pipe them (I went this route). If spooning them on, make generous little piles (I got 11 out of the batch piping them on). One they are all scooped out, use the back of your spoon and hollow out a little well in the center of each for your topping later. If you opt to pipe them out, start by piping a 2.5″ diameter circle, then work your way around the inside until it’s filled in. Then pipe a band around the outside edge, forming a “cup”. I piped mine 3 layers high (JUST around the edges – not in the middle. You should only fill in the very bottom layer, then pipe around the edges until 3 “rings” tall). Bake on 200 degrees for 2 hours. Once the 2 hours has passed, turn your oven off and allow them to cool in the oven for 2 more hours.
Perparation for the berry filling:
I did this once the pavlovas had completely cooled. In a bowl, beat the cream cheese until it’s nice and smooth. Add in the sweetener and thoroughly combine. Add in the vanilla and beat some more. Finally, add in the 1/2 cup of thawed berries (and whatever juice they yield) into the cream cheese mixture and beat until completely incorporated. You can now either spoon or pipe the mixture into the wells in your pavlovas!
If you would like to top these with berries, now is the time! Only fill what you intend to eat in a sitting. If you leave them with filling in the fridge, they go mushy. You can store the left over pavlovas in an airtight container for later in the fridge.
These are SO good and SO pretty! They aren’t firm or crisp like meringues because you don’t let them dry out. They are sweet and spongy, kind of like a marshmallow (a little more firm, though). They totally melt in your mouth like cotton candy, and the hint of lemon is just SO good. I was just over the moon with how great these were.
Nutritional Information (11 servings):
- Carbs: 2.9 g
- Protein: 2.6 g
- Fat: 5.5 g
- Calories: 66!!!! YES, just 66 little calories.