Sweet Melissa Sunday: Pavlova Peach Melba


I recently joined my first baking club — Sweet Melissa Sundays. I’ve wanted to join for a while, but Steven felt that it may be too stressful to make sure I do my “homework” for Sweet Melissa Sundays. So I never joined, and plus…they weren’t accepting new members.
However, last weekend I decided that I’d just go ahead and buy the cookbook and bake along with them. As I was browsing their page, I found that they were accepting new members! I immediately emailed and asked if I can become one of them. The next morning, I received an email from Karen of Karen’s Cookies Cakes & More telling me that I was accepted! Yay!!!

So…my first homework assignment…the Pavlova Peach Melba. Now, the Sweet Melissa Baking Book is not a cookbook that has a picture of EVERY recipe. I saw the name of this week’s recipe and thought…”Huh??”

After reading the recipe, and Googling it, I understood what it is I will be conquering this week. 🙂

Pavlova Peach Melba

This week’s recipe was chosen by Patty of Birding Blossoms and Baking. To see the full recipe, please see her post.

It’s a little difficult to find good quality, fresh, ripe peaches this time of the year, so I went the frozen route. I also went the frozen route for the raspberries.
Frozen Peaches
<img title="Pavlova 2 by debbieklchan, on Flickr" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2692/4471645322_3180b9232b.jpg" alt="Peach Me

I also made 8 individual ones instead of one big one. I baked the little Pavlovas for 50 minutes. I’m not too sure if that’s too long, but it was kind of hard to cut into with a fork.
Pavlova 2
Pavlova with whipped cream
Pavlova Peach Melba 2

Although hard to eat, I still received many compliments for it. Even Steven’s papa ate the whole thing!!…and he doesn’t even like non-Asian foods.

Personal-Sized Fruit Tarts

Had lots of fruits leftover from various treat-making, so I decided to make some fruit tarts.

1 Cup Butter
1 Cup Confectioner’s Sugar
1 Egg
3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips

2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 Cup Confectioner’s Sugar

Various Fruits, diced (if necessary)

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioner’s sugar until smooth.
3. Add egg, mix well.
4. Add flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
5. Add vanilla extract. Mix well.
6. Separate dough into 24 equal pieces and mold to the shape of tart molds.
7. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool.
8. In a separate large bowl, whip heavy whipping cream until it thickens.
9. Add sugar and whip until soft peaks are formed.
10. Melt chocolate chips in microwave-safe bowl until melted.
11. Spread chocolate evenly into each tart.
12. Fill desired amount of whipped cream into each tart.
13. Top with favorite fruits.
14. ENJOY!