Easy and Elegant Gluten-Free Dessert: Pavlovas with Strawberries

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These airy pavlovas are crowned with softly whipped cream and topped with a sweet strawberry balsamic jam. You'll love this pillowy, light baked meringue dessert!  Naturally gluten-free.

strawberry pavlovas

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strawberry pavlovas

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Thank goodness for easy recipes!  I really wanted to keep it simple for today's post.  I know it sounds kinda fancy, but just think of this as a baked meringue with whipped cream and berries.  That's really all there is to it!

strawberry pavlovas

Because there's no flour or leavening, that means they're also gluten-free ;)

strawberry pavlovas

This dessert is all about balance.  Keep the whipped cream unsweetened--the meringue is already pretty sweet. I did add the seeds of a vanilla bean though.  So good!

strawberry pavlovas

And the berries...!  Oh, my goodness, this strawberry balsamic thing.  I am telling YOU!  It is seriously to die for.  I know it maybe sounds a little strange, but it is actually a classic pairing.  It doesn't taste vinegary, per se, but the balsamic vinegar just brings something out in the berries... somehow it makes them taste even more strawberry-ish.  Half the berries get simmered in sugar and balsamic, for a quick jam/preserve kinda thing, and then the other half get folded into that, so sometimes you get a berry that's sort of chewy/syrupy, sometimes you get a fresh berry that's tart and juicy, and all of it is slicked in this musty, fruity drizzle.

strawberry pavlovas

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