David finds himself walking remarkable distances just to clock in some extra stairs so that a piece of technology can tell him he’s done good. He’s healthy. He’s living.

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Magical Two Egg Maple-Cherry Pavlova + Whole Foods Giveaway

Magical Two Egg Maple Cherry Pavlova + Whole Foods Giveaway

My friend Daniel introduced me to David Sedaris back when we were in high school. He leant me the hilarious book, Holidays on Iceand the first time he recounted a few of the stories from the book, I had, for a moment, thought he was actually talking about himself. Whenever I read anything that David Sedaris writes, I find myself listening to Daniel’s voice in my head, breaking out into fits of laughter as though we were back in high school. He is telling me about his crazy boss at the fro-yo shop at the local mall, or we observe a kid running after his dad yelling, “Dad! I think my back is BROKEN!” You might think this post is about my friend Daniel but it’s actually not. It’s about this article that David Sedaris wrote in the New Yorker about this crazy Fitbit business.

I have a Fitbit buried deep in my closet and for months, I told myself I’d start using it for the precise reason that David (I’ll call him David) uses one: to be better. David finds himself walking remarkable distances just to clock in some extra stairs so that a piece of technology can tell him he’s done good. He’s healthy. He’s living.

In fact, the primary reason I refuse to use my Fitbit is the very fear that some piece of technology might inform me that I’m not doing so well, or well enough. I’m not walking enough steps during the day. I’m not spending enough time standing at my standing desk at work. I’m not sleeping enough, or the sleep that I am getting is somehow interrupted and unfulfilling. And all of these things are true. But if I knew them so, I doubt I’d sleep any better.

Magical Two Egg Maple Cherry Pavlova + Whole Foods Giveaway

I don’t need my waiter at a restaurant to remind me that too much bread might make me fat, and for the same reason, I’m a little tired of this notion that the things we do every day can and should be done better. I’m not saying let’s not try. Or let’s settle. But maybe let’s evaluate when just being good enough is, well, pretty good. Satisfying.

I’ve been harping a lot on accepting the normal in everyday life, I know. I suppose it’s just been on my mind a lot. There are days when I feel more balanced, and some less. But that’s just the ebb and flow of life. I don’t think David intended to slam Fitbit (he discovers a new world around him that his previously lazy self may have missed) but I’m vowing to — for as long as possible — let my body make some decisions for me, even if some of them aren’t always the best.

Magical Two Egg Maple Cherry Pavlova + Whole Foods Giveaway

I know that 4th of July is just around the corner, and we’re all going to party hard, and then vie that we’re going on a juice cleanse, but let’s just not worry about that for now. Let’s binge on the good stuff. Because it’s summer, and we deserve it a little.

Win a $50 Whole Foods Market Gift Certificate!

We often do our shopping at Whole Foods Market, and I am always consistently impressed to find some of the best produce there. This recipe uses organic Rainier cherries from Seattle. I highly recommend getting a cherry pitter to get the work done.

Lastly, we can all use groceries and I’m very much all for promoting healthy cooking, so we’re giving away a $50 gift card to Whole Foods Market. To win, just leave a comment. We’ll select a winner on Monday.

Have a fun and safe holiday, friends!

Magical Two Egg Maple-Cherry Pavlova
Meringue recipe adapted from here.

I’ve always thought that a pavlova required tons of egg whites, but I whipped this one up using only 2 eggs, and it worked great! Adding sherry helps make it crispy on the outside, marshmallow-y on the inside. This is a pretty simple dessert when it comes down to it. The maple cherries can be scooped over vanilla ice cream, or eaten with plain yogurt. The cherries and meringue are quite sweet, so I recommend not adding any sugar to the whipped cream. Depending on how sweet your cherries are, you can cut down the sugar there, too.

For the meringue:
2 egg whites, at room temperature
3/4 cup of caster (powdered) sugar
1/4 teaspoon of sherry vinegar

For the maple cherries:

1 1/4 cup of pitted Rainier cherries (we got ours from Whole Foods Market)
1/4 cup of maple sugar
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup of water

For the whipped cream:
1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream

handful of shaved chocolate

1. To make the maple cherries: combine all the ingredients in a medium pot and heat over medium-high. Stir and let the sauce cook down until slightly thickened (and the cherries are tender). Remove from the heat and let cool. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
2. To make the meringue: add the egg whites to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk until the mixture holds soft peaks (about 10-15 minutes).
3. Next, whisk the sugar, one tablespoon at a time, into the egg whites, until you have a smooth and glossy mixture. Use a silicone spatula to fold in the vinegar. Be sure to use a light hand!
4. Transfer the mixture to the parchment paper, spreading it into a circle. Use an offset spatula to create some peaks. Place the baking sheet in the oven and drop the temperature immediately to 300 degrees F. Bake for 45-50 minutes (until the meringue is set).
5. Allow the meringue to cool slightly. Meanwhile, add the whipping cream to a clean stand mixer bowl and whisk until soft peaks hold.
6. To assemble the pavlova: carefully transfer the meringue from the parchment paper to a serving platter. Spread the whipped cream over the meringue. Top with maple cherries, drizzling the thickened sauce over the meringue. Sprinkle with shaved chocolate.

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Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • Krista_TIOJ

    This recipe looks amazing and I’m totally on board with listening to your body. (I will say that I use Fitbit and I’m frequently surprised at how far my body moves on days when I’m not even thinking about it!)

  • I can’t think of anything prettier or more impressive than a pavlova. This one is especially lovely. As are any posts that help me see beauty in the everyday, because that’s where it is, I realize more and more. Happy long weekend!

  • April

    I have Washington State cherries in my fridge, so this recipe is timely! Happy 4th of July!

  • Nicole

    The Fitbit article made me laugh, too. His writing is funny because there’s that kernel of universal truth in his stories. I have been wearing my Fitbit for a while, but I do feel bad or that the errands I ran were “a waste” when I forget to put it on. How silly. This pavlova looks perfect and I applaud the generous amount of shaved chocolate on top!

  • Ka Ning

    I love the Fitbit article too. Coincidently, I left my Fitbit at home today, and I definitely feel naked. How am I going to know whether or not I hit my 10k steps?? Ahh. Oh technology. I can’t wait to try your pavlova recipe, hopefully sometime next week since it’s so humid in the Northeast. Thanks for sharing!

  • mbhunt

    This looks delicious. I like smaller serving recipes like this!

  • Rosie

    This is the nicest cherry recipe I’ve seen in long time, I’d love to make it. I have used paper clips for cherry pitters, and I just read to try a straw, but I would like to have a cherry pitter!! One of life’s little luxuries. The cherries at Whole Foods look amazing, I haven’t tried them yet.

  • Abby

    I love seeing new pavlova recipes! Being from New Zealand its always good to have a variety up my sleeve when people ask me to bake one!

  • Judith

    I too though pavlovas required lots of egg whites! Nice to know I can make one only using two! Love the cherry topping! Might try a triple berry topping for the 4th!

  • This pavlova sounds so good! I definitely need to get out there aren find some cherries before they’re gone for the year. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  • JessieC

    I love this recipe, thanks for the great menu idea for 4th of July.

  • I love pavlovas and this looks delicious. And I’m all about the ebb & flow 🙂

  • Your recipe looks great! I’ve never tried anything like that, but I would love it.

  • Danielle K

    I love whole foods! And these pictures are making me crave some cherries 🙂 thanks for the givewaway

  • Rose

    Wow looks delicious!!

  • Gigi

    Maple + cherry…what a great combo. So happy to see a pavlova recipe that uses so few egg whites. I love pavlova but never make it. Think I’ll try this!

  • Kellie

    Oh my goodness, I want to make this! Thanks for the great and yummy idea! 🙂

  • Calli

    I am so making this for the fourth! great recipe!

  • Jordan Dunne

    I love Whole Foods! This recipe sounds really yummy, can’t wait to try it out.

  • Melody Dybala

    I found your blog and this post through pinterest and clicked because it’s a pavlova. Cherries are on sale right now, so I’m more than happy for any excuse to buy an extra bag when we go shopping. Thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe.
    Good luck to every one of us hoping for that gift card!

  • Wild Orchid

    That looks delicious!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  • Ellice de Valles

    This recipe looks awesome! I think I’ll try it in a few weeks when cherries appear at my farmers market, and trade out the maple sugar for syrup (with less water, of course). Thanks!

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  • This looks amaaaaazing! I hope you and the fam have a wonderful 4th of July!

  • Tara

    This looks awesome! Love Whole Foods, too!

  • amanda

    This looks deeelicious!

  • mysweetiepiepie

    Such a yummy sounding recipe, will definitely be making this soon.

  • Stephanie K

    This recipe looks delicious! The perfect summer dessert.

  • ami@naivecookcooks

    This looks so delicious and I love the way you said that you always start laughing thinking about your friend David. Reminds me of my college friends!! Would love to win this whole foods gift card!

  • Guest

    I am definitely on board to binge on the good stuff 🙂 and your recipe looks delicious. I love cherries and I also love to shop at Whole Foods.

  • cezovski

    I love cherries and this would be a great way to make something yummy with them! Thanks.

  • Amber

    Great article. The Sedaris Fitbit article was a little overwhelming. I have one, and I think it’s motivating me to choose small activities over sitting around reading all the time; but I hope not to become so obsessed that I miss out on spending time with good people…and cherries!

  • Rachel

    I can be a bit obsessive as it is, so the fitbit may not be a great idea for me either! This recipe looks fantastic, I’m going to try it as soon as the humidity here calms down a bit and meringue will have a chance at survival.

  • Hannah M.

    That David Sedaris piece was great-hilarious, and also thought-provoking.

  • Arlene F.

    We all need validation from someone or something, lol.

  • Lisa Brown

    yum, yum…thank you for the chance to win

  • Priscilla

    Yum! Love pavlova, new to the Turntable Kitchen and loving it.

  • I also thought pavlovas required tons of egg whites, but just two??? I can manage that…

  • Every time I see a pavlova recipe, I get totally inspired. This one is no different. What a wonderful way to feature one of the best fruits of the summer.

  • Sandy

    Yum I love pavlova! and i love whole foods so fingers crossed! 🙂

  • Carla S

    The pavlova looks beautiful!!!

  • Maddy

    That pavlova looks gorgeous! And thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  • MariDoug

    Oooh that looks delicious! I will try that recipe soon.

  • Michaela Konzal

    Great recipe. I love Whole Foods but I’m on a shoe-string budget, a gift card would be a real treat!

  • Angela Link

    I just need a pavlova in my life after seeing this – uhh beautiful!

  • the10thjenerator

    Yes! I grew up eating little meringues my mom made, and I’ve always wanted to make a more adult version. So fun! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • Cindy Aiton

    This looks amazing! *drool*

    Cindy Aiton

  • Liberty Thompson

    I buy many of my groceries at Whole Foods because I love buying organic and they have such great options.

  • rachel

    Love it when I can buy organic

  • michelle

    the cherries have been bought!

  • DeeG131

    I love buying organic and Whole Foods carries many of the soy brands i love!

  • neiddy

    Cherries do not last in this house! your recipe looks so delicious! I’ll attempt to make it soon!

  • Congrats, Amber! You are the winner of the gift certificate 🙂 Can you please email kasey (at) turntablekitchen dot com to claim it?

  • Krista

    I love my Fitbit, though I’m not as obsessed as David Sedaris. It has motivated me to walk and run more, and as a result discover some great neighborhoods and trails nearby.

  • Kate Ramos

    That pavlova is so gorgeous! And David Sedaris is amazing, thanks for the heads up about his article!

  • Bradley Meilinger

    I think the healthiest way to live is simply listening to your body, but that can be difficult given all the directions in which we are pulled. It is worth slowing down to really feel what you need. What better place to start than with food!

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