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Berry-Yogurt Pavlovas with Chamomile-Lavender Syrup

Aromatherapists take advantage of the calming powers of both chamomile and lavender. Melissa Rubel Jacobson steeps the flowers in a syrup for antioxidant-rich berries.


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  • Servings: 4

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  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 chamomile tea bag
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried lavender buds (see Note)
  • 1 1/4 cups raspberries
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup 2-percent Greek yogurt


  1. Preheat the oven to 250° and position a rack in the lower third. Line a baking sheet with parchment. In a bowl, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar at medium speed until frothy. Beat in 3/4 cup of the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the meringue is thick and glossy; scoop into four 4 1/2-inch mounds onto the prepared sheet. Using the back of a spoon, make a well in the center of each mound; bake for 1 hour, until crisp but still chewy inside. Turn off the oven and prop the door open; let cool for 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar and the water and bring to a boil; remove from the heat. Add the chamomile tea bag and lavender and let stand for 10 minutes. Strain the syrup into a bowl. Let stand until the syrup is cool.
  3. In a bowl, gently toss all of the berries with 1/4 cup of the syrup. Top the meringues with the yogurt and berries. Drizzle with the remaining syrup and serve.


Dried lavender buds are available at specialty-food shops.

One Serving 332 cal, 2 gm fat, 0.8 gm sat fat, 75 gm carb, 4.5 gm fiber.

Contributed By Photo © Joseph de Leo Published February 2010

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