This dessert should probably be filed under a section called “Recipes for adults – who like to cheat sometimes” (on diet, of course.) It is not strictly Paleo. It remains, however, one of the best desserts I’ve ever tasted, my guilty pleasure. It’s my go-to recipe whenever I need to make a dessert to take anywhere. It’s great for Birthdays instead of a cake, perfect for sharing, or even just for yourself – if you are feeling particularly self-indulgent. I make this no matter what season it is, but it is loveliest in summer with super fresh red raspberries.
I tried, I really did, to make this totally Paleo. I found a couple of other recipes that removed the sugar and replaced it with Stevia or honey. I was so excited to make my favourite dessert completely healthy. I don’t know what happened but both attempts were disasters. I don’t know if it was the pressure, because it was for my son’s birthday, but something happened and it was not good. They didn’t taste very good and the texture was all wrong.
We ended up eating the failures anyway and someday I will attempt to make a sugar-free version again, but when it came time for his birthday party, I made this recipe I’ve been making for years and years by Nigella Lawson. I changed some things: I cut the sugar down to 1 cup, and could probably even try cutting it down a little more. My kids aren’t supposed to be having refined sugar, and the majority of the time they don’t, (heck, refined sugar isn’t good for anyone.) I figured I’d at least cut it down for this special treat that we only have once in a blue moon. Also, since my kids can’t have dairy I used coconut cream instead of whipping cream for on top. To make coconut whipped “cream” put 2 cans of full fat coconut milk in the fridge overnight. Scoop all the thick cream off the top and whip until thick. You can add a splash of vanilla before whipping. Then layer on top of the pavlova as the recipe says (I’ve done half with coconut cream and half with regular whipping cream,) scatter with raspberries and grate dark chocolate on top. Eat with joy in your heart!
I remember making this for a group of friends years ago and one friend who had already had it before told everyone else that it’s sooo good, she wanted to put her face in it so nobody else would want any. One of the other girls said she would eat it even if she had put her face in it because it looked so amazing. So there you have it – this is a “so delicious you want to put your face in it kinda dessert!” It’s a winner! Now you have to make it to see if it’s true, and you’ll be so glad you did!