Pavlova: The Perfect Summertime Dessert

Pavlova seems to be all the rage this summer.  I keep finding recipes in cooking magazines, blogs and Pinterest.  I first came across pavlova in one of my cookbook perusals as a preteen.  (Yes, I poured over cookbooks at 11.)  But to my young taste buds, a circle of meringue topped with fruit sounded like the most boring dessert ever.  I was so wrong!  This dessert is spectacular in taste and presentation.

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Strawberry Shortcake

Summertime desserts are all about highlighting produce at its peak, while trying to stay cool! Strawberry shortcake is a quintessential summer dessert.  Fresh berries, cold vanilla bean flecked whipped cream, and a buttery crumbly shortcake makes for a winning combination.  Although cold butter technically can’t be used in the plastic whipping bowl, using frozen grated butter is a great workaround that allows shortcakes and biscuits to be made with the Ankarsrum.

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