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Budget Gourmet: Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Fresh Berries

Enjoy this pillowy soft Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Fresh Berries for a delightful dessert at your next dinner event!

Budget Gourmet: Pavlova with Berries by FamilySpice.com

I hope you all survived your family gatherings this past Thanksgiving. And if you are like me, you are spending this week detoxing and trying to the lose those extra pounds you gained from eating all week! Why do we show our families how much we love them by gorging them with food? Why can’t we get together and put on a workout dvd or something?!! Well, let’s not get crazy. When our family gets together, we usually let the kids run around, play football games and burn off all of their pent up energy. But, as adults, we don’t encourage walks or throw the ball around to each other. We park ourselves in front of the tv, or sit and talk and eat and eat. Maybe you should start a family tradition this year with a nice walk around the hood after your big meal?

Can you tell that there aren’t that many great grocery deals this week to talk about?!!
After a big holiday sale, you can bet that the big grocery stores will take a little break from rock-bottom deals, especially in their meat department. There are some low prices, but nothing extra-ordinary. But Vons/Safeway does have some meat deals. You can get London Broil, Whole Boneless Pork Loin, 80% Lean Ground Beef and Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast or Thighs for $1.77/lb. I’ve seen lower prices for all these cuts of meat, but if you need to get some meat this week, these won’t break the bank. Vons/Safeway also has Pork Shoulder Blade Roasts for $1.27/lb. Another okay deal is T-Bone steak. Both Ralphs/Kroger and Albertsons has it on sale for $3.99/lb.

For fruit, it must be summer because everyone has berries on the mind! Well, the weather says differently but Vons/Safeway has 6oz blackberries for 99¢/ea and Ralphs/Kroger has raspberries AND blackberries for 2/$3. Berries are naturally low in sugar and rich in antioxidants. This is a great treat to snack on in the cold season to boost your immune system. Other fruit deals: Fuji Apples 77¢/lb (Vons/Safeway), Bananas 39¢/lb (Ralphs/Kroger), Texas Grapefruit 69¢/ea (Albertsons) and Cantalope 69¢/lb (Albertsons).

Veggies on sale include: Broccoli and Cauliflower for 99¢/lb (Ralphs/Kroger) and Italian or yellow squash for 99¢/lb at Albertsons.

Again, San Diegans should shop at Henrys for their produce this week: Avocados 3/$1, Mangos 3/$1, Braeburn, Granny Smith & Gala Apples 88¢/lb, D’Anjou Pears 88¢/lb, Navel Oranges 2lbs/$1, Eggplant or Red Bell Peppers 88¢/ea, and Texas Grapefruits 2/$1. Even if you don’t live in San Diego, check your local farmer’s markets, ethnic grocers and small mom-pop stores to find great deals near you.

Many of you out there are baking like mad for parties and school, so stock up on Lucerne Cream Cheese 99¢/ea when you buy two (Vons/Safeway), Nestle Baking Morsels 2/$4 (Vons/Safeway) and Jello 10/$10 (Ralphs/Kroger). Other good deals include Minute Maid Juice Drinks 10/$10 and Suave Shampoo and Conditioner 10/$10 at Ralphs/Kroger. Look in your local newspaper or use online coupons to save even more this holiday season!

Apricot Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Black Pepper Sauce

Apricot Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Black Pepper Sauce by FamilySpice.com

With cranberries in season, or even if you have some stored in your freezer, this is a great recipe for those cold fall evenings. Whether with your family or for a party, this is one delicious meal. The Pork Tenderloin is roasted with shallots and sweetened with all-fruit apricot jam. The sauce is finished after the pork has roasted, with fresh cranberries and black pepper.

For the full Apricot Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Black Pepper Sauce recipe click here.

Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Berries

Budget Gourmet: Pavlova with Berries by FamilySpice.com

Another sophisticated dessert for a party or something fun for the kids to try after dinner. The meringue crust gives a crunchy, sweet and chewy shell to the tangy lemon curd inside. Topped with fresh berries, this dessert will you satisfied and not inflated.

Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Berries

The white meringue, called a Pavlova, provides a crunchy yet marshmallowy shell for a tangy lemon curd and juicy ripe berries. This is a very popular dessert in Australia and New Zealand. it was named for the Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova, who toured both countries in 1926. Recipe adapted from Gourmet, April 2009


  • 1 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 TBS cornstarch
  • 3 egg whites, at room temperature 30 mins
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup butter, unsalted
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp lemon zest, grated
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 300ºF with rack in the middle.
  2. Trace an approximately 7-inch circle on a sheet of parchment paper.
  3. Turn parchment paper over and put on a baking sheet.
  4. Whisk together in a small bowl:
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 TBS cornstarch
  5. In a separate bowl, using a handheld mixer at medium speed beat until they hold soft peaks:
    • 3 egg whites , at room temperature 30 mins
    • 1/8 tsp salt
  6. Increase speed to medium-high and whip in sugar mixture 1 TBS at a time.
  7. After all sugar has been added, beat 1 minute more.
  8. Mix in:
    • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  9. Beat at high speed until meringue is glossy and holds stiff peaks, about 5 minutes (longer if using handheld mixer).
  10. Gently spread meringue inside circle on parchment, making edge of meringue slightly higher than center (the "crater" is for curd and fruit).
  11. Bake until meringue is pale golden and has a crust, about 45 minutes (inside will still be marshmallow-like).
  12. Turn oven off and prop door open slightly with a wooden spoon.
  13. Cool meringue in oven 1 hour.
  14. Make lemon curd while meringue bakes.
  15. in a 2-quart heavy saucepan over medium high heat, stir together:
    • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 TBS cornstarch
    • 1/8 tsp salt
    • 1/3 cup lemon juice
    • 1/4 cup butter, unsalted
  16. Keep whisking until well blended, then continue to simmer, whisking constantly, 1 more minute.
  17. In a small bowl, lightly beat:
    • 3 egg yolks
  18. Whisk in 1/4 cup lemon mixture, then whisk into remaining lemon mixture in saucepan.
  19. Reduce heat to low and cook, whisking constantly, until curd is thickened, about 2 minutes (do not let boil).
  20. Transfer to a bowl and stir in:
    • 2 tsp lemon zest , grated
  21. Cover surface with parchment paper, and chill in the refrigerator until cool, about 1 1/2 hours.
  22. When ready to serve, pour in a chilled bowl:
    • 1 cup heavy cream
  23. Using a handheld mixer, beat cream until it just holds stiff peaks, then fold 1/4 cup beaten cream into curd to lighten.
  24. Spoon lemon curd into meringue and mound berries on top.
  25. Serve remaining whipped cream on the side.


Serving Suggestions: Use any fresh fruits that are in season such as peaches, nectarines, kiwis and bananas.

Cooking Tips: •For best results, keep oven door closed as much as possible during baking. •Meringue can be made 2 days ahead and frozen, wrapped well in plastic. Thaw before serving. •Curd can be made 2 days ahead and chilled.

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Yield: 8 servings

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