Low Fat Chocolate Pavlova with Strawberries & Cream

It looks and tastes SINFUL, but this heavenly berries and cream dessert
has only 210 skinny calories per serving and only 4 .5 POINTS!  
This recipe was taken from "Woman's World".

Makes 8 Servings

Meringue Shell
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tsp cornstarch
4 egg whites, about 1/2 cup, at room temperature
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup superfine sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 pints strawberries, thinly sliced lengthwise, about 3 cups, divided
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp orange liqueur or orange juice
1 tsp grated orange zest
Half of 8 oz. container lite non-dairy whipped topping, about 1 1/2 cups
2 oz. semisweet chocolate, melted
Additional whole strawberry, optional

MERINGUE SHELL:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheet with
parchment paper. Trace 10" circle onto paper; invert onto baking sheet.  
Sift together cocoa, confectioners' sugar and cornstarch; reserve.  In bowl
with mixer at high speed beat egg whites until frothy.  Add cream of tartar
and salt; beat until soft peaks form.

Beat in superfine sugar, 2 Tbsp at a time, until sugar is completely dissolved,
5-6 minutes.  Beat in vanilla until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 1 minute.

Gradually sift cocoa mixture over meringue while folding it in.  Do not over mix.
 Use gentle, circular motions to fold lighter ingredients into meringue.

With spatula spread meringue to 1/2" thickness within circle on parchment.  
Spoon large dollops of meringue around outer edge of circle to form sides.  
Bake 1 hour.  Turn oven off.  Let meringue stand in oven with door slightly ajar
until dry, at least 4 hours or overnight.

FILLING:  In bowl combine 1 cup sliced strawberries, sugar, liqueur and zest;
let stand 15 minutes.  Fold in topping.  Just before serving, spoon into meringue
shell; level with spatula.  Starting from center, arrange remaining sliced
berries in overlapping concentric circles over filling.  Transfer chocolate to
plastic food storage bag with corner snipped; pipe over pavlova (instead of
piping the chocolate over your pavlova, you can use a fork to gently drizzle it).
 Garnish with additional berry, if desired.

POINTS:  6 (4.5)

PER SERVING: 210 Calories/3 g Total Fat/64 mg Sodium
44 g Carbohydrate/2 g Total Fiber/ 3 g Protein

* Whenever possible, I calculate ALL my Points on my website with my Offline Points Calculator
in the Half Points Mode, which rounds UP to the nearest Half Point. This keeps my site consistent.

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