Winter Pavlova Recipe with Tangerine Curd and Salted Pistachios

A gorgeous dessert to bring to your next holiday shindig
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Who else is so excited for citrus season?! Come this time of year, I can pretty much eat my weight in any kind of orange. Meyer lemons? Yes, please! Grapefruit? Yep! Limes? Love ‘em. I could go on and on. Not only is citrus juicy and bright, it can also bring a much needed note of tart acidity to otherwise rich and very sweet desserts. Enter this perfectly balanced and irresistible Winter Pavlova recipe with tangerine curd and salted pistachios. If you’re looking for a special dessert recipe to bring to a holiday party, this is it!

Winter Pavlova Recipe with Tangerine Curd and Salted Pistachios

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What is pavlova?

Pavlova is a traditional Australian dessert made up of a cloud of meringue that’s been baked low and slow until the shell is crisp and the interior is pillowy soft and marshmallowy-like. It’s typically topped with whipped cream and fruits.

For this rendition, we combined all the things to make the perfect, ultimate winter pavlova recipe, while celebrating the best of the season: citrus! We have a big, gorgeous crown of meringue topped with a cloud of whipped cream, homemade tart and sweet tangerine curd (don’t worry, it’s very easy to make!), slices of fresh, juicy tangerines, and salty roasted pistachios to bring some balance and crunch. Are you drooling yet?

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Winter Pavlova recipe with Tangerine Curd and Salted Pistachios #pavlova #citrus #wintercitrus #tangerine #curd #fruitcurd #pistachios #dessert #meringue #winterdessert

Winter Pavlova Recipe with Tangerine Curd and Salted Pistachios

Celebrate citrus fruit season & the holidays with this beautiful Winter Pavlova topped with tangerine curd & salted pistachios!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Cooling time 4 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Australian
Servings 6
Calories 877 kcal



  • 6 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar superfine
  • 1 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste

Tangerine Curd

  • 6 large egg yolks room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp tangerine zest
  • 1/2 cup tangerine juice from about 6-8 medium tangerines
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature and cubed


  • 2 cup heavy cream whipped to soft peaks
  • 3 tangerines sliced
  • 1/4 cup roasted and salted pistachios roughly chopped


To make the pavlova

  • Preheat oven to 300° F.
  • In the very clean bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add in the egg whites and whip on medium speed until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes.
  • Next, add the sugar, a spoonful at a time, allowing each spoonful to incorporate for a few seconds before adding the next in. Continue to beat for about 5 minutes, until the mixture is thick and glossy and all the sugar has dissolved. Test by feeling a bit of the mixture between your fingers. If you can still feel sugar granules, continue to beat a few minutes more until it’s completely dissolved.
  • Add in the vinegar and vanilla bean paste and beat another 2 minutes or so until completely incorporated.
  • Scoop out the meringue onto a parchment-lined baking sheet in a large mound. Spread into an even layer about the size of a dinner plate and shape the sides up a little taller than the middle, creating a little well in the center to hold some of the filling later.
  • Decorate the sides with swirls with the back of a spoon or offset spatula in whatever pattern you’d like. Turn oven down to 250° F and bake for about 2 hours.
  • Then turn the oven off and leave the meringue in the closed oven to continue cooling, at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.

To make the curd

  • Combine the egg yolks, sugar, juice, zest, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Allow to cook, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Remove from heat and add in the butter. Stir to combine until all the butter has melted and been incorporated. Allow to cool then keep in refrigerator until ready to assemble.

To assemble

  • Place the meringue on a large serving platter. Top with whipped cream then dollop over the curd. Layer on the tangerine slices and sprinkle with the pistachios. Serve immediately.


Do not open the oven at any time once you’ve baked it until you’re ready to assemble. This will help avoid cracks. And if yours does crack a little, it’s ok! It’ll still taste completely delicious.


Calories: 877kcalCarbohydrates: 86gProtein: 12gFat: 56gSaturated Fat: 31gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 508mgSodium: 112mgPotassium: 317mgFiber: 1gSugar: 81gVitamin A: 2543IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 132mgIron: 2mg
Keyword dessert, dessert recipe, pavlova
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This pavlova recipe makes the perfect dessert for any winter celebration or holiday party. It’s a total stunner when you bring it to the table and, while it does involve a bit of a time commitment, it’s actually pretty simple to make. But no one needs to know that but us!

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  1. 2.17.22
    Michele Sullivan said:

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    • 3.8.22
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