Sugar Free Berry & Lemon Curd Pavlovas

Wow, that is a long title!  I’m not even sure where to start with all of that stuff to talk about!  I guess just a brief (er…sort of!) thank you to everybody who supports IBIH with your comments, emails, sharing links/pinning the recipes, and for coming back to read my ramblings again and again!

Somehow the blog has gotten over 2 million hits in its first year and I never saw that coming!  I remember being excited when I would get more than one hundred hits in a day!  IBIH has seen a lot of change over the past year, but none bigger than in January of 2012 when I decided to post a week of low carb recipes for people trying to lose weight after the holidays.

There was such an enormous response to the low carb recipes that I just kept going, and even started eating low carb myself.  I was a little nervous at the time that I would be “stuck” blogging low carb recipes forever.  I worried that I’d stop eating low carb, and then I’d want to return to blogging “normal” recipes eventually.

As time passed though, I continue to thrive while eating low carb, and have really started to embrace my identity as a low carb blogger.  I’ve met a lot of great people and I love reading your comments and emails so much!  Thank you all for sharing your inspiring weight loss journeys, recipe feedback, and other personal things with me.  I enjoy getting to know you guys better, and I love that we can all keep each other motivated to stay low carb and/or gluten free.  Thank you thank you thank you – you make all of my many hours spent in the kitchen worth it!  :)

It’s with all of that in mind that I wanted to celebrate my one year blog-iversary with a giveaway that shows my appreciation for you guys!  I had contacted Magic Bullet about hosting a giveaway a month ago and they never responded (I guess I’m not big enough yet!), so I’m going to host it myself.  I consider it money well spent!

I use my Magic Bullet pretty much every day, and often multiple times in the same day!  It makes executing a lot of my recipes so much easier, so it’s the perfect gift from me to you – well one of you anyway!

The winner will receive the Magic Bullet Deluxe 25-Piece set which will ship directly to you.  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post that includes a way to contact you.  I solemnly swear that IBIH will not share or use your email for any purpose other than to contact you if you win.  For extra entries, follow IBIH by RSS or email, on Pinterest, on Twitter, and like us on Facebook – leave a comment for each.  You can also pin/share/tweet about the giveaway to your followers for extra entries – then leave a comment with a link.

The winner will be picked by random number generator, so to get credit for each thing make sure you leave separate comments for each.  If you don’t leave contact information your entry is forfeit because I’ll have no way to reach you.  Finally, this giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only – apologies to everyone else!  I’m excited about it and I hope you are too!  Oh yeah, and the deadline for entry is Tuesday, July 10th at 8pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Update:  This giveaway is closed.  Congrats to Andrea C who won the Magic Bullet!  Hope you love it as much as I do!

 

Now finally, on to this Pavlova!  I’d never had one before but I see pictures of them everywhere.  I did some research and found that they are essentially a meringue but that the addition of cornstarch and vinegar makes the inside stay marshmallow soft while the outside is supposed to be crisp.

This the second time I’ve made them, the first time they got too brown so I never took photos.  I was determined to get a nice white pavlova and it just didn’t happen.  This batch still turned golden which wasn’t as pretty for the pictures but they are definitely delicious!

A major factor in the crispness of the outside is humidity.  Well it’s summer in the South so guess what?  It’s humid people!  And I mean REALLY humid!  So these weren’t as crisp as I imagined – but if I want them crisp I’ll have to try again when the weather breaks – it didn’t bother me, they were awesome as is.

A traditional pavlova is filled with whipped cream and fresh fruit.  I wanted to use lemon curd for something different, and because I love lemon and blueberries together.  This was so good – I can’t wait for you to try them and report back!

 

Makes 6 mini pavlovas

4 egg whites (room temp)
1/2 cup xylitol blend sweetener
(I used Ideal)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp cornstarch

1 batch of sugar free lemon curd

1 cup fresh blueberries
(or any other berries)

Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.  Add the Xylitol, a couple of tablespoons at a time, blending well after each addition until glossy and stiff.  Beat in the vanilla extract, then sprinkle the cornstarch and lemon juice over the top and whip until it holds it’s shape.  Spread or pipe the meringue onto parchment paper to make six circles about 4 – 5 inches in diameter.  Make sure there is a dent in the middle for the filling.

Bake in a preheated 250 degree (F) oven for 30 minutes.  Turn the oven off and leave the meringues in for another 30 minutes or until firm and (hopefully!) crisp on the outside.  Once cooled, the meringues can be stored in an air tight container for up to a couple of days.  Don’t assemble the pavlovas until right before serving or they’ll get soft from the lemon curd.  When ready to serve, fill the centers of the meringues with about 3 Tbl of lemon curd.

Then top with berries and serve immediately.  Piping the meringues out of a star tube is pretty – but as you can see, just spreading them out with a spoon also creates a nice rustic look and it is easier to do.  Raspberries or strawberries will work just as well as the blueberries, so it’s really a matter of personal preference.  Enjoy!

Approximate nutrition info per pavlova:
233 calories, 20g fat, 6g net carbs, 3g protein

Comments

    • Vic says

      I am just replying to the first post I saw. Didn’t intend to even sign up for the forum, but that lemon curd recipe of yours is The Bomb. It tastes at least as good as the sugary version and without that sugar-sick feeling and all the guilt and diet setback. Wow! Can’t wait to try your other recipes. I’m late to the game here but had to thank you.

  1. says

    The Pavlova’s look yummy! I actually like the golden color. Will have to try these! I am so glad you have continued to do low-carb recipes, but I think it is fine for you to post non-low-carb recipes too! I expect most of us low-carbers cheat now and then – I know I do! Or have families who aren’t low-carbing. Thanks for the giveaway – I used to have a Magic Bullet that got damaged in a move and I LOVED it! janschop @ aol .com

  2. says

    I’m now following you on twitter – I have followed you on Facebook for some time but upon just looking at your page I realize I am not getting your posts. Don’t know why but twitter will link me so that is good! janschop @ aol .com

  3. says

    I LOVE the idea of lemon curd in a Pavolova! What a great way to balance the sweet of the meringue… Have I ever mentioned that meringue is my most favourite thing on the planet? When I was in France, I ate about 1.5 million of them. No lie.

    Happy blog-iversary! I think you’re perfectly lovely…

    xox

  4. Anonymous says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your recipes and open voice in your story. Thank you for providing a real life view of eating low carb.

  5. says

    I’ve enjoyed your blog and recipes so much over the past few months. I’ve never tried a recipe of yours that wasn’t amazing!!! You make low carb a delicious way of eating, not like a “diet” at all. :D

  6. Anonymous says

    I found you on the Jennifer Eloff site. I am so glad you are posting LC recipes. Your recipes are terrific. I would love to win the Magic Bullet. Please keep up the good work.

  7. says

    I’ve tried to make meringues before with splenda, with disasterous results(could have been my crap oven as well, to be honest). These look amazing!

  8. says

    I LOVE meringues! I was so excited to move back down to sea level, because I couldn’t make them in the mountains – they never turned out right. I remember the first pavlova I ate in London….with lemon curd! So great! I never thought I’d be able to make these sugar free. I can’t wait to try them!

    cookiesncrafts AT gmail DOT com

  9. says

    Happy Blogaversary! I love your recipes and try them when I’m home in the States, which I will be permanently in a few weeks!!! I’d love to have a Magic Bullet :) flamidwyfe1@aol.com and of course I’m subscribed to your blog… I look forward to every single recipe!

  10. says

    Mellissa, you are a star! Way to go on 2 million hits!! I do have an American Florida address. I don’t think I can get this gadget in South America. I never win anything though and I’ve run these kinds of contests before, so I know there is a very small chance. Haha! I will like your Facebook page though and check if I already follow you on Pinterest. Sorry, I don’t “get” Twitter. lol Hope all is going well with the cookbook. I’m getting close now with ours.

  11. Elizabeth says

    Congratulations on being such a success by your First Anniversary! My family grew up on Schaum Tortes but instead of whipped cream we had ours filled with ice cream & strawberries! I love that you post low-carb recipes because as a carb-addict, I cheat often enough and it’s good to have recipes to fall back on. Thank you, I can’t wait to use the Magic Bullet and see what the craze is all about: ElizaBetsyM@yahoo.com

  12. says

    This is an amazing combination for all the right ingredients needed for good health.The presentation is just perfect…I have a lot to learn from your recipes, photography and food styling…will be back for more…great work..

  13. Anonymous says

    OMG! Not only did these make my mouth water I got that tingly feeling at the back of my teeth, that one that says I am about to eat something amazing. And that is just from the photos! Can’t wait to make these. Thank you so much. And I want you to know how much I appreciate you moving to the low carb recipes. Before I just drooled at your photos, now I can actually make the recipes too! Happy blogiversary!

    Chris

  14. says

    I just discovered your blog through pinterest…and I’m so happy I did! Thanks for sharing your wonderful low-carb recipes along with great photography. Happy blog-iversary and keep those recipes coming.

  15. says

    I’ve just found your blog recently and I am excited about it as it will make my Atkins journey much easier.
    Thanks!

    Leeann
    niccofive @ gmail dot com

  16. says

    Happy Anniversary! Congratulations!

    I always recommend this blog to those looking for good recipes!

    Patty
    pas88 at hotmail.com

  17. Anonymous says

    Just about to make some low carb coconut macaroons, and wanted a low carb lemon curd recipe to use the egg yolks, which led me to your blog! Thanks so much for this recipe also! Now I can use the whole egg and not waste part of it. Love your blog and plan to start following it.
    Joanne
    jholmes29@carolina.rr.com

  18. Anonymous says

    Pavlovas are on my list of things to experiment with. :)

    TC
    counting_shipwrecks at yahoo dot com

  19. says

    Found your Cauliflower Tater Tots via Pinterest and just had to check out the recipe. While here I also thought I would check out some of your low carb recipes, as I am attempting to jump back on the low-carb band wagon, again. And what do I find but a give-away. Count me in!! I could sure use a Bullet with all the cooking I do for the fam.

  20. Anonymous says

    I stumbled upon your blog a couple of months ago and I’ve been working very hard to catch up on all your recipes. On top of my list to try is your chocolate avocado truffles – you are a genius! I would LOVE to win a magic bullet. Thank you for offering this generous giveaway. randgspam@yahoo.com

  21. Anonymous says

    I just found your blog, and was fascinated with the title. More with the recipes, since I just started low carb diet. Going to try the pavlovas today! Looking forward to long “relationship” with you and low carbs. Missionriders@verizon.net

  22. a. hunter says

    I’m so happy to have come across your recipes on pinterest. A few years ago I got the lap band and while I was doing well at the beginning, turkey and eggs get so old. I’ve been slowly gaining over the past year, but your blog inspired me that low carb can be fun and delicious! Thank you. I can’t wait to get back in the kitchen and cook for the whole family!

    Aehunter75@gmail.com

  23. says

    Congrats on your blogiversary! I’ve been planning to try your sugar free lemon curd. I could be contacted through my Google profile here.

  24. says

    So glad to find this! I love pavlovas, but the traditional ones are just too, too, too sugary. And a sugar-free lemon curd recipe, too! I’m in dessert heaven (or will be soon).

  25. says

    Congrats Mellz. 1 year of awesomeness. I adore you girl. You are a total rock star.

    I can enter this one. Whoo to the hoo. And dude you totally know how to reach me. Email, blog, facebook or heck call me. Lol. I might even say eh for ya.

  26. Anonymous says

    Congrats on year 1! I don’t necessarily follow a low carb diet, but I enjoy your creativity. Your recipes give me great ideas for my own. Keep them coming. Reading your blog also gives me a great way to interrupt my work day. karwagner@aol.com

  27. says

    I’m So thrilled to have come across your blog. My husband and I have been doing low carb for 4 months and I’ve lost 55lbs. Your recipes have added new life into our menu. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

    Eruikis@gmail.com

  28. says

    First off i want to say happy 1st bloggiversary & many more to come! u rock & i love ur recipes! U have made me such a happy lady being able to maintain my life with these wonderful recipes! Thanks for all u do! Just so u know iwould lovvvvve a magic bullet! They rock too!

  29. Anonymous says

    I have just discovered your blog and find it just delightful. I look forward to trying out your recipes in the future.

  30. says

    LOVE your Blog!! I have done several of your recipes and can’t wait to try this one!
    Congrats on a year!

    Danielle
    dotygal @ gmail.com

  31. says

    Oh how Id love to have a magic bullet. I used to spend Wednesday afternoons with a very dear friend. We would talk and write letters to people who were shut in by illness or grieving. Inevitably we’d end up cooking something and often used the bullet to prep ingredients. Thats how I fell in love with MB. And I totally want one!

  32. says

    I owned a magic bullet and loved it but it wore out and would love to have a new one. I love you blog and enjoyed reading the low carb recipes. I can’t wait to try them. I am new to the low carb but have lost 10 lbs so far. These recipes will make it fun to eat.

  33. says

    How very kind of you to offer a Magic Bullet to a reader. I’d possibly do better at low carbing with one.

    cindy dot royal at gmail.com

  34. says

    ….and following several of your pinterest boards! Thanks again, for the opportunity to win!

    cindy dot royal at gmail dot com

  35. says

    I found you on Pinterest then started to follow you on Facebook. You have inspired me to start cooking again. I wish you continued success and can’t wait for the new ideas you bring to get me cooking.

  36. Anonymous says

    Happy Blogaversary! I´m a follower from Germany (so I know there is no chance to win the giveaway), and I would like to thank you for the wonderfull recipees that you have been sharing in the past! I went low carb on January 2012 and until today I did not regret one day (your recipees helped a lot!)
    Thank you again! Can´t wait for the e-book!
    Felicitas

  37. says

    Hello Melissa,
    Your recipes are beautiful, your photographs inspiring and your prose invigorating– I only wish I could find your recipes better on your blog. I come here wearing a couple of hats. First of all, I’m a foodie. Secondly, my health demands that I eat low carb. But along with those “visitors” comes me as professional Web and blog designer– and that part of me tears my hair out when I visit your blog because it has no functional navigation. There’s simply no way of finding anything– a fault of many blogging themes very badly designed.

    There’s no table of contents, no place on your blog to visit archived blog posts organized by Year/Month, and there is no place where a visitor can find Recipes organized into types. There’s no place to find a recipe based on ingredients, etc. etc. It’s very frustrating to the foodie in me. But drives the web designer in me over the edge.

    Your excellent work as a food creator, photographer and writer deserves a better-working theme design– one that helps your visitors find what they’ve come for: beautiful, imaginative low-carb recipes nicely organized so they can be appreciated and enjoyed. Sorry to vent, but I know your blog could get a better and bigger audience if the theme design worked better.

    • says

      Hi Marcia, thanks for the comment! I am aware that the blog design is sorely lacking and I’m planning a move to WordPress which will allow a print recipe feature, index, etc. Meanwhile there is a Blog Archive by month on the right as well as a list of labels that you can click for recipes based on ingredients or type (ex. gluten free, appetizers, low carb, etc). Now that the cookbook is finally finished I will be putting a lot more time into the blog and hope to complete a redesign in the next couple of months. I’m glad that your at least enjoying the content and I look forward to providing everyone with a better overall experience soon! Thanks! :)

  38. Anonymous says

    I do a lot of home canning and I’ve been looking for a safe recipe for a canned preservation of sugar free lemon curd, could this recipe be canned?

  39. says

    I was actually looking for a lemon butter recipe to ‘clean-up’ and stumble upon this! I love your blog, the sugar-free/gluten-free cooking is right up my alley. I found it amusing (and mentioned to my hubby) that you hadn’t had pav before (I’m from Australia, he is from New Zealand – we won’t get into the arguement about where they originated, butl lets just say Christmas doesn’t occur without one in either place!).. he smacked me down and said that you would probably find it amusing that I hadn’t had pumpkin pie before.. touche. Anyway, thanks for sharing! :)

  40. trickycrayon says

    My god! I never thought of the fact that pavlovas fit into keto…I make them all the time for family holidays! This realization just made my day. Thank you!

  41. Hungry says

    i got to tell you, corn starch is unnecessary. i just add a tea spoon of apple vinegar and its the best cake ever mmmmmm

  42. Natalie says

    Hey there Melissa, do you think I could substitute the Xylitol blend for another sweetener- maybe a powdered Stevia or Erythritol? My boyfriend’s dad has just been diagnosed prediabetic (I foretold this two years ago, unfortunately) so I’m planning on making this for our New Zealand Christmas :)
    Thanks so much!

  43. Sharon says

    Hi Mellissa I have just found your site and have made the mashed cauliflower(delicious) I added a few extra’s(garlic,shallots & freeze dried onions.
    Now about the Pav. as an Aussie (we love love love our pav’s!!!!) I thought they were now a thing of the past as I have given up sugar!!!! So imagine my glee seeing that you used Xylitol in place of sugar. I thought nothing replaced sugar in a Pavlova. I am now going to try this recipe as compare it to my recipe ( which is an old family never fail recipe)
    Thanks for your blog and recipes, I have subscribed and am looking forward to loosing lot’s of excess weight.
    Sharon

  44. Amy Payne says

    I made these for Easter this year but with lime instead of lemon (use what you have) and they were fantastic! Having a LOT of lime curd left I then whipped some cream and folded lime curd in and then froze this mixture in individual cups for my own version of those two guys’ ice cream. SO SO GOOD!!

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