Almost No-Cook Greek Yogurt Pavlova with Strawberries


When it's strawberry time in Greece, my heart, palate and head go to the best dessert of all, a pavlova. This version is made not with whipped cream but with thick, tart Greek yogurt. Dress this with a drizzle of Greek honey for something even more special. You can find amazing regional Greek honeys as well as other artisinal Greek products at my online shop here.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh small strawberries, trimmed and halved
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4, 3 – 4-inch / 7.5 – 10-cm round meringues
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • Pinch confectioner’s sugar
  • Mint leaves for garnish

For the sauce

  • ¼ cup strawberry jam
  • ½ cup red wine
  • ½ cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Place the strawberries in a medium bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Set aside in the refrigerator for 20 – 30 minutes, enough time for the strawberries to soften a little and for the sugar to draw out some of their juices.
  2. Using a serrated bread knife, cut the crowns off the meringues to get a flat surface. Set aside the crowns and don’t worry of they break.
  3. Combine the yogurt lemon zest and pinch of confectioner’s sugar.
  4. Heat (ok, not totally no-cook, but almost no-cook!) the jam, sugar and wine in a small saucepan over medium heat until the mixture thickens to the consistency of a medium-thick syrup, about 8 – 10 minutes. Cool slightly.
  5. Spoon a half cup of the yogurt mixture over each meringue. Top with a half cup of the strawberries and a little of their juices. Drizzle with the strawberry-wine sauce, garnish with mint and a lemon wedge if desired. Serve.

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