Blackberry Pavlovas

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Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 small box instant vanilla or lemon pudding and pie filling
  • 1 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 (16 1/2 ounce) can blackberries, drained

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 225 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Trace six 3 1/2-inch circles on paper. Set aside.
  2. Combine egg whites, cream of tartar and vanilla extract in large mixing bowl, Beat a high speed of electric mixer until soft peaks begin to form. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, while beating at high speed. Beat until mixture is thick and glossy.
  3. Spread about 1/2 cup meringue mixture over each circle on prepared baking sheet, mounding slightly around edges. Bake for 2 hours.
  4. Turn oven off (DO NOT OPEN DOOR). Let meringues stand in oven for 1 hour.
  5. Remove meringues from oven and cool to room temperature. Set aside.
  6. Combine pudding mix and milk in a 4 cup measure. Stir well with whisk to combine. Let stand for 5 minutes or until thickened.
  7. Carefully peel paper from meringues. Place meringues on a serving platter. Spoon 1/4 cup pudding into each meringue. Top evenly with blackberries.

Yield: 6 servings