Dottie from Eagle River, WI (2018 Week 4: Desserts)




Eagle River, WI

Baking Challenge

Layered Meringue Dessert

Give your dessert a clever name – and tell us about your recipe.

Wisconsin Picnic Pavlova – My recipe began with the preparation of two 10-inch meringue cakes. These are not difficult, but a little anxiety-producing: hoping for good timing, cool temperatures and low humidity. I prepared a second layer by combining heavy cream with cream cheese, sugar, lime juice and a touch of vanilla. This layer was covered with strawberries, lightly honey-sweetened. A final layer of sweetened lime slices and a dusting of lime zest completed my picnic dessert.

What was the biggest surprise during your baking journey? Did you use any unconventional approaches? What did you learn along the way? Tell us about it!

The biggest surprise was the pleasant reaction of people at the picnic and also the ease with which the dessert can be assembled on-site. I learned that the effort of taking an unconventional dessert to a picnic is well worth it.

How did you add a Wisconsin twist to your flavors or decoration?

My Wisconsin twist, along with using farm-fresh eggs and our own honey, was that I took the dessert to share at picnic in Wausau… a true mid-Wisconsin taste treat!

How did you do?

Rocked it.