Strawberry Cheesecake Marshmallow Pavlova

It only took me five months to finally whip up a recipe from a Jamie Oliver cookbook I received for Christmas, but I did it, and boy, what a way to start off.

A twist on a recipe from Jamie Oliver’s latest cookbook, Jamie Oliver’s Comfort Food: The Ultimate Weekend Cookbook, my version of the “Dreamy Marshmallow Pavlova,” includes three additional ingredients: cream cheese, strawberry purée, and graham cracker. The result? A delicious cheesecake-like treat that is perfect for summer.

What is a pavlova you ask? A pavlova is a meringue-based dessert named after Anna Pavlova, a Russian ballerina that toured Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. And as with any famous dessert (e.g. baklava), both countries lay claim to its creation. (It’s still widely debated between the two nations who baked the first one.) It’s said that a chef in Wellington, New Zealand was inspired by the fluffy tutu worn by Pavlova to use meringue as the base for the dessert.

History lesson done, now go forth and bake!

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I Don’t Think You’re Ready for This Jelly

It’s sweet, it’s simple, and one half of the sandwich synonymous with childhood: Jelly. The problem is, it’s not all that nutritious, but with my easy to make recipe, it can be pretty healthy and damn tasty to boot. Did I mention there’s no added pectin? Continue reading