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Rosh Hashanah Pavlova

Rosh Hashanah Pavlova


In this Pavlova, three of the traditional Rosh Hashanah foods come together in a way that is sure to impress. The airy meringue shell is filled with honey-vanilla cream, topped with green apples and drizzled with pomegranate coulis.

Even better, there’s no need to hold the brisket! You can easily make this a non-dairy dessert.

Meringue Ingredients:

  • 3 egg whites (from large eggs)
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. corn starch
  • 1 t vanilla
  • ½ t vinegar

Meringue Directions:

  1. Beat egg whites until stiff.
  2. Mix the corn starch into the sugar.
  3. Pour the sugar into the egg whites a little bit at a time while mixing. When the mixture is thick and stiff (ie. You should be able to turn the bowl upside down without the mixture falling out), add the vanilla and vinegar. Mix just enough to combine.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with baking paper, and heat oven to 250 F.
  5. Spoon the mixture into a circle, about 1 inch thick. Then build it up around the sides to create a bowl shape with a nice well in the center.
  6. Bake for 1 hour, then turn the oven off and leave the shell inside for several hours. Do not open the door until it is fully cooled.
  7. Keep the base in a cool, dry place for up to 2 days, until you’re ready to use it. It should be crisp on the outside and sticky and marshmallowy on the inside.

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups heavy cream (dairy) OR 8 oz. Rich’s Whip (non-dairy) OR 1.5 cups coconut cream (non-dairy).
  • 2 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. honey

Filling Directions:

  1. Beat heavy cream until soft peaks form, or beat Rich’s Whip or coconut cream until stiff.
  2. Gently mix in the honey and vanilla.

Pomegranate Coulis Ingredients:

  • Seeds of 1 pomegranate
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • Juice of ½ a lemon

Pomegranate Coulis Directions:

  1. Simmer all the ingredients for at least half an hour.
  2. Blend.
  3. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve at least twice.
  4. Refrigerate.

To Assemble:

  1. Spoon cream into the shell.
  2. Chop up 1-2 tart green apples and lay them gently on top of the cream.
  3. Drizzle with pomegranate coulis.
  4. Serve immediately.

Miriam Szokovski is the author of the historical novel Exiled Down Under, and a member of the editorial team. She shares her love of cooking, baking and food photography on’s food blog, Cook It Kosher.
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Miriam Szokovski October 14, 2015

servings One recipe serves 10-12 people Reply

Anonymous Tennessee September 22, 2015

how much does one recipe serve? Reply

Anonymous September 14, 2015

I love using coconut cream instead! Thanks for the reminder! L'Shana Tovah! Reply

Miriam Szokovski October 1, 2014

coconut cream Yes - I agree, much better than the non-dairy whip. Reply

Anonymous September 22, 2014

Idea Lately I'm using coconut cream instead of whip cream - parve and healthier Reply

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