Recipe By Chef John
Published Mar 30th
Prep 25m Cook 1h 20m Additional 3h 15m Ready In 4h 60m
Servings 6 servings Calories 423.7

My favorite way to enjoy lemon meringue is with pavlova. The meringue base cools and dries out slowly, creating a crispy, crunchy crust on the outside which contrasts beautifully with a soft, sticky center. Topped with an intense lemon curd filling, fresh blueberries, and a homemade blueberry sauce, this dessert takes a little bit of time to make but is also simple and easy to pull off!

Recipe Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 pinch cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • ½ cup cold water
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries, or more to taste
  • 1 sprig fresh mint

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Prepare lemon curd filling: Cut butter into small pieces and set aside.
  2. 2 Separate eggs, placing yolks in a heat-proof bowl and whites in glass, metal, or ceramic bowl. Cover egg whites and leave on the counter to come to room temperature for the meringue.
  3. 3 Add lemon zest, salt, sugar, and lemon juice to egg yolks. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
  4. 4 Add 1 to 2 inches water to a saucepan over low heat; bring to a simmer. Place bowl of filling over the simmering water. Cook, stirring constantly with a spatula, until mixture is very hot to the touch and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. 5 Stir in butter, 3 or 4 pieces at a time, waiting until butter has melted before each addition. Remove from the heat and pour filling into a bowl to cool, about 15 minutes. Lay plastic wrap on top of the filling, pressing down so it doesn't develop a skin, and place in the refrigerator until well chilled, 2 to 3 hours.
  6. 6 Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with a silicone liner, such as Silpat®. Lightly spray with cooking spray.
  7. 7 Begin meringue: Mix cornstarch into sugar and set aside.
  8. 8 Add cream of tartar, lemon juice, and vanilla to the reserved egg whites. Whisk with a large whisk until very soft peaks form, about 3 minutes. Whisk in sugar mixture, 2 tablespoons at a time, whisking about 1 minute between each addition, until incorporated. When all sugar mixture has been added, continue to whisk until relatively stiff peaks form and whites are firm enough to hold their shape.
  9. 9 Use 2 spoons or a piping bag to transfer whites onto the prepared baking sheet, forming a ring of dollops about 8 or 9 inches across. Fill in the middle with meringue, then go back around the edges adding more meringue to build up the outside edge.
  10. 10 Bake in the center of the preheated oven for exactly 1 hour. At 1 hour, turn off the oven and crack the door. Let meringue sit in the oven until its cooled completely, about 1 hour.
  11. 11 Meanwhile, prepare blueberry sauce: combine 1 cup blueberries, sugar, and water in a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until blueberries collapse and liquid thickens, about 10 minutes.
  12. 12 Remove from the heat and pass through a fine mesh strainer. Place in the refrigerator until fully chilled, about 45 minutes.
  13. 13 Very carefully transfer cooled meringue to a serving platter using 2 large spatulas if necessary; you may get some cracks but that's okay. Use a spoon to crack the center a bit to make room for the filling.
  14. 14 Fill the center with chilled lemon curd filling. Place remaining blueberries over top and drizzle with blueberry sauce. Garnish with mint.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 423.7
  • Carbohydrate 62.4 g
  • Cholesterol 164.7 mg
  • Fat 18.8 g
  • Fiber 1.1 g
  • Protein 4.7 g
  • Saturated Fat 10.8 g
  • Sodium 76 mg
  • Sugar 58.4 g

Chef's Notes

Make sure you use a good quality butter; Use a rubber spatula to stir the filling as it cooks so you don't aerate the mixture. A whisk will incorporate too many bubbles and you won't get the right texture. You can pass the filling through a strainer if desired but it's not necessary; You can use an electric mixer or stand mixer to make the meringue, but I think you get a better meringue if you do it by hand.


  1. This recipe and instruction helped me make a delightful, first attempt at Pavlova. I had been wanting to try my hand at one, and Chef John never disappoints in his tutorials! You must absolutely try this recipe! I made it for an Australian friend, and he said it 100% authentic. I did add other berries - Read more ...
  2. Just made this with strawberries and it turned out amazing! Love it! Thanks so much for an easy to follow recipe!
  3. I loved it. Elegant but pretty easy to make. Soooo tasty!! I kept the whole blueberries in the sauce. I didn’t want to strain them. The flavors blended perfectly.
  4. Awesome ????
  5. This dessert was a huge hit at Easter! I've admired the pavlovas I'd seen on a certain british baking show for years, but I never imagined that I could make one. It just seemed beyond my very average baking ability. I should have known that Chef John would demystify this dessert and make creating it - Read more ...
  6. So, I made a pavlova, A decadent sweet Just saying ‘pavlova’ Is, for this gal, a treat! Meringue of white sugar, With egg whites whipped stiff, What my whisk couldn’t handle, My stand mixer did; The recipe called for a curd Made of lemon, Chef John, just a taste of it Sent me to Heaven! - Read more ...
  7. Delicious and easier than it looks. It tastes like what lemon meringue pie wishes it could.

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