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Swirled Blueberry Pavlovas

(This post is sponsored by President’s Choice. I used their PC Black Label Blueberry Syrup to make these beautiful Swirled Blueberry Pavlovas.)
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Swirled Blueberry Pavlovas

This month’s PC Black Box included three delightful products that I had the opportunity to try. From snacks to desserts, there is such a wide array of PC Black Label products that you can serve for any occasion.

 

PC Black Label Artichoke Halves

 

These sun-ripened artichokes are grilled and marinated and they’re packed in a delicious infusion of oils, garlic and spices. My husband loves artichokes and these were a delicious addition to pizza.

These sweet and plump Apricots from Turkey did not disappoint, they were eaten within minutes of opening the bag. My 7 year old son devoured them, they’re that good! Great for a cheese platter or just to snack on, these are a real treat to have around the house.

 

Made from carefully selected sweet blueberries, this artisan syrup is bursting with fresh berries! It’s an amazing rich syrup which makes delicious cocktails, salad dressings and our favourite breakfast or dessert toppings. One of my favourite products from this month’s PC Black Label Box, read on for my take on a holiday favourite, Swirled Blueberry Pavlovas!
I enjoyed all the products but I particularly favored the PC Black Label Blueberry Syrup for this month’s recipe selection. The first thing that popped into my mind was how well this sauce would go with my one of my favourite holiday desserts, pavlovas!
I swirled this luscious PC Black Label Blueberry Syrup into traditional meringues and slow baked them, get the recipe below.
Swirled Meringues with Blueberry Sauce

Swirled Meringues with Blueberry Sauce

Pavlovas are a holiday favourite in our family and I hope they will become yours, too. This recipe is easy to prepare and the meringues can be baked ahead of time, up to 3 days and stored in an airtight container, layered between parchment sheets.

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Whether you’re a home chef or an aspiring foodie, the PC Black Label Collection makes it easy to unleash your culinary curiosity and get creative. Discover the entire collection and be inspired to #PlayWithYourFood at pc.ca/blacklabel. Have a wonderful holiday season!

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Swirled Blueberry Pavlovas Recipe

Ingredients:

4 large egg whites, room temperature

Pinch of kosher salt

1 cup granulated sugar

1 tblsp cornstarch

1/4 tsp ground Vanilla bean

1/2 cup blueberry sauce

Fork or spoon for swirling

Parchment lined baking sheet

 

Meringues with Swirled PC Black Label Blueberry Syrup ready for the oven

Meringues with Swirled PC Black Label Blueberry Syrup ready for the oven

Directions:

Baking time: 90 minutes

Preheat oven to 255°F

1. In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and cornstarch ensuring there are no lumps.

2. In a large stand mixer whisk the egg whites on medium for 1 minute until frothy.

3. Add the salt and continue to whisk on highest setting for 2 minutes.

4. With the mixer running on medium high, slowly add the sugar mixture. Once it’s all added, turn the mixture back on high and whisk for 5 minutes until the mixture is glossy and stiff peaks have formed.

5. Spoon out 6-8 mounds on the parchment sheet using 2 spoons to help release the mixture.

6. Spoon 1 tsp of blueberry sauce into each mound and using the tines of the fork, gently swirl the sauce into the meringue.

7. Using the back of a small spoon, make an indent in the centre.

8. Bake at 255°F for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

9. Turn the oven off and leave the meringues inside to cool down, up to 12 hours without opening the oven door.

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Baked Meringues

Pavlova Assembly:

1 cup Whipping cream 35%

2 tblsp sugar

Fresh fruit

  1. In a large stand mixer add the whipping cream and sugar and beat until medium peaks form.
  2. Plate each meringue and top with the fresh whipped cream, fresh berries and drizzle with 1 Tbsp PC Black Label Blueberry Sauce over top. Garnish with fresh mint and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

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Swirled Blueberry Pavlovas

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Buckwheat & Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies (Gluten-free)

Buckwheat cookies are an amazing alternative for those with gluten intolerance. Made with healthy and hearty wholesome ingredients such as medjool dates, coconut, and my favourite – hazelnuts!

Hazelnuts can be substituted in this recipe, but these go nicely with the buckwheat and chocolate. These are so tasty you won’t miss a thing, my 7 year old loves them and we’ve made them many times.

I hope you’ll try them out and if you do, please share them with me using my hashtag #hautesucre, I would love to see them. Make these for your next cookie exchange or holiday brunch, they’re sure to become your new holiday favourite, get the recipe below.

Buckwheat Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies (gluten free) Recipe

Ingredients:

8 Medjool Dates

2/3 cups hazelnuts

2/3 cups maple sugar (or raw turbinado sugar)

Pinch of sea salt

Pinch of ground cinnamon

1 large free range organic egg

2 tblsp almond milk (or other dairy/non dairy liquid)

1 cup Buckwheat flour

1/3 cup coconut manna (dried coconut)

1/4 cup cacao nibs

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp ground Vanilla bean

1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips

Topping:

1 cup dairy free chocolate Cacao nibs

Fleur de sel

Instructions:

1. In a high speed blender or food processor, pulse the hazelnuts and dates until broken down. You should still see chopped pieces of nuts – you don’t want hazelnut flour.

2. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until the mixture comes together. Do not over process.

3. Transfer the batter to a small bowl and work it with your hands for a few minutes, ensuring it’s evenly distributed.

4. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours.

5. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

7. Remove the mixture from the refrigerator and scoop out the mixture into mid size balls.

8. Gently roll and flatten them slightly so that they bake evenly.

9. Bake for 12 minutes. Let them rest for 2 min and transfer to a rack to completely cool.

10. Melt 1 cup of chocolate into a small heatproof bowl and set aside.

11. When the cookies have cooled, dip each half cookie into the bowl of melted chocolate, shaking off the excess and laying it flat onto the parchment sheet to dry. Repeat with remaining chocolate.

12. Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with raw cacao nibs and fleur de sel. Let the chocolate harden until set.

Enjoy!

Raspberry & Nectarine Oat Crumble

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Raspberry & Nectarine Oat Crumble

4 nectarines,  sliced
1.5 cups raspberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp kosher salt

3/4 cup oats
1/4 cup butter, chopped
1/4 cup Raw sugar

Toppings:

Raw pistachios, sliced
Roasted coconut chips

Preheat oven to 375°F

In a large ovenproof dish, add the nectarines, sugar, ground cinnamon,  and salt. Toss with your hands. Sprinkle the raspberries over top.

Sprinkle the oats overtop, covering the fruit.  Evenly place the chopped butter overtop and then sprinkle with the raw sugar.

Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes.   Uncover and bake until golden, about 10-15 minutes more.

Serve warm with some ice cream or cold with plain greek yogurt.
I like to add sliced pistachios and roasted coconut chips.  Enjoy!

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Blueberry and Lemon Yogurt Cake

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I love blueberries.  I have fond summer memories of eating them by the basket full,  juices dripping down my chin.  So irresistibly sweet and the perfect pairing with fresh squeezed lemonade.  If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you know  how much I love berries!

I make a lot of cakes,  but this has got to be one of my absolute favourites, by far.

I made this cake on a whim, craving a not too sweet cake with lemon icing and lots of blueberries. I took this to a bbq and it was a real hit!

It reminds me of a cake my mother used to make for us when we were little, a simple vanilla cake with a fantastic crust and perfect crumb.  I still dream about that cake…!

In this recipe I use cake and pastry  flour, with the addition of some ground almonds for a slightly denser texture.  I just want to note that it’s not absolutely essential to use cake flour or the almonds.  If you only have all purpose flour, it will still work.
Also, this is a very soft and moist cake.  Please allow it to cool completely before icing.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.  It has become a requested favourite!

Blueberry and Lemon Yogurt Cake

2 cups cake flour
*1/4 cup ground almonds (optional)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
2 extra large eggs (organic + farm fresh, if possible)
1 cup 2% yogurt
Lemon zest (from 1 large lemon)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Butter a 9″ round baking pan.

In a small bowl whisk the flour, ground almonds if using,  salt, baking powder, lemon zest and 3/4 cup sugar.  Set aside.

In a large bowl,  whisk the eggs and 1/2 cup sugar until frothy.
Add the olive oil,  vanilla extract, and yogurt.
Slowly combine the dry ingredients into the wet mix. Do not overmix.
Gently spread the mixture into the pan with a small offset spatula.
Bake for approx 30 min.

Let it completely cool down before flipping onto a rack.  *Because this cake is very soft and moist, I suggest removing it from the pan when cool, onto a parchment lined sheet or directly onto your serving plate before icing. 
Ensure that the cake is cold enough before proceeding with the icing,  otherwise it will be a hot mess!

Icing:

2 cups powdered icing sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
Zest of 1 lemon
*Few drops of water (if needed)

1 pint (or more) blueberries

Combine the powdered icing sugar and the lemon juice until it’s slightly runny, but pliable.
*You do not want it to be too runny! If this happens,  simply adjust by adding more powdered icing sugar.

Spread a thin layer over the cooled cake and arrange your blueberries.   You can pile them on and let them arrange themselves or create a nice pattern. (I prefer the tousled look with this type of cake!)
Drizzle the remaining icing sugar over the berries, top with the lemon zest and refrigerate until set.

Enjoy!

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