Coconut Pavlova Wth Chocolate Mousse And Bananas
- 2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
- 6 large egg whites
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup boiling water
- 2 large eggs separated
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter - (1/4 stick) cut small pieces, and at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon dark rum
- 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips (abt 2/3 cup)
- 3/4 cup chilled whipping cream
- 2 bananas cut 1/4"-thk rounds
For Meringue: Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Spread 1 1/2 cups coconut on large baking sheet. Toast until golden, stirring twice, about 15 minutes. Cool. Maintain oven temperature.
Line another large baking sheet with foil. Using electric mixer, beat egg whites and next 4 ingredients in large bowl until foamy. Gradually add sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Beat in 1/4 cup boiling water, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until whites are stiff and glossy. Fold in 1 cup toasted coconut. Spoon meringue onto center of prepared baking sheet and spread to 9-inch-diameter circle with slightly raised edges. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup untoasted coconut.
Bake meringue 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 200 degrees and bake until dry and crisp outside and just cooked through inside, about 1 hour. Turn off oven. Let meringue stand in oven 1 hour. Remove from oven and cool completely.
For Mousse: Whisk egg yolks, 2 tablespoons sugar, butter, 2 tablespoons water, and rum in medium metal bowl to blend. Set bowl over saucepan of simmering water (do not allow bottom of bowl to touch water). Whisk until thermometer inserted into mixture registers 160 degrees, about 6 minutes. Add chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth. Turn off heat; leave bowl over water.
Using electric mixer, beat egg whites in large bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add 2 tablespoons sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold 1/3 of egg whites into chocolate mixture to lighten. Fold in remaining whites. Remove from over water and let mousse cool 20 minutes.
Beat whipping cream in large bowl until peaks form. Place meringue on platter. Spread mousse over center of meringue; top with sliced bananas. Spread whipped cream over bananas and chill at least 20 minutes and up to 3 hours.
Sprinkle with remaining toasted coconut. Cut into wedges and serve.
This recipe yields 8 to 10 servings.