Pistachio Pavlovas with Oranges and Blood Orange Sorbet

If you can find them, use blood oranges instead of lighter-colored navels because darker pigments deliver more antioxidants.

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  • Servings: 8


  • 3/4 cup unsalted pistachios
  • 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 navel oranges
  • 1/2 pint blood orange sorbet
  • Candied Orange Slices

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the pistachios in a pie plate and toast for 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cool, then finely chop.

  2. In a medium bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the egg whites at medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Add the superfine sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well between additions. Increase the speed to high and beat until the whites are stiff and glossy, about 4 minutes. Beat in the lemon juice, cornstarch and vanilla. Fold in all but 1/4 cup of the pistachios. Spoon the meringue onto the baking sheet in 8 evenly spaced mounds. Using a small spoon or offset metal spatula, make a deep well in the center of each meringue. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the remaining pistachios over the tops.

  3. Bake the meringues in the center of the oven for 5 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 225° and bake for 1 hour. Turn the oven off, prop the door slightly ajar and leave the meringues in for 1 hour longer. They should be white, crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside.

  4. Using a sharp knife, peel the oranges, removing all the bitter white pith. Thinly slice the oranges crosswise. Set the meringues on plates. Top with the fresh orange slices and a scoop of the sorbet. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of pistachios. Garnish with the candied orange slices and serve.

Make Ahead

The meringues can be stored overnight in an airtight container.


One Serving 399 cal, 7 gm fat, 0.9 gm saturated fat, 66 gm carb, 4 gm fiber.

Contributed By Photo © Dana Gallagher Published January 2005

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