Of all the desserts, my number one choice to be quarantined with, the Pavlova takes the cake! If you’ve been to New Zealand or Australia or are just a dessert lover, you’ve probably heard of the pavlova, a meringue based cake named after the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova. It’s such a popular dessert for special occasions that the culinary world in both countries is dueling to this day over the nationality of its creator. And here in Miami there’s Piononos bakery and its divine version of the Pavlova.
The Peruvian born Maria Luisa Benavides has taken the concept and transformed it . I had it at a friend’s house and a day later rushed over to the source, Piononos on Key Biscayne . Would you believe they sell several hundred of them for Thanksgiving!
So what is this divine confection? It’s meringue with walnuts, much like a dacquoise, with a layer of dulce de leche, crème Chantilly with strawberries, mango or mixed berries (now during the Virus, the strawberry version is offered exclusively). The combination of the light crunch of the meringue, the creamy texture of the fillings, sweetness of the dulce de leche, and the fruit flavor is heavenly. Instead of dulce de leche you can also choose nutella. There are 4 inch individual Pavlovas feeding one to two for $6.99, and other sizes for feeding 6, 15 or 30 starting at $30.99. (small units of 35 too for $37.50).
They’re also selling a variety of other enticing desserts as well though I’ve only tried the Pavlova. Delivery only during the lockdown (note: Key Biscayne is closed now for non-residents). To order text, whats app or call 305-903-9696 or 786-488-6770.
Click here for the Facebook page (but note it’s in Spanish). They’re also on Instagram @Piononos with menu information and prices in English.