Berry Pavlova with whipped cream, pistachios

Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries make this a berry lover's delight. Go ahead, indulge yourself. (Photo by Eric Boyd)

Cherries roasted with a little Armagnac oil add to the spectacular topping for this Berry Pavlova that includes blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. The flavor is as rich and dramatic as the color. Enjoy!

We're pretty sure you will be dubbed a Top Chef if you serve this dish with vanilla whipped cream and pistachios. It's a stunning way to celebrate our nation's birthday.

Berry Pavlova with vanilla whipped cream and pistachios

Total time: About 20 minutes, plus macerating time for the berries
Servings:10 to 12

Note: Banyuls vinegar is available at most gourmet shops but. you can also use balsamic vinegar. Recipe adapted by Jenni Barnett.

1/4 cup shelled pistachios
2 pints strawberries
1/2 pint blueberries
1/2 pint blackberries
1/2 pint raspberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon Banyuls vinegar
1 pint whipping cream, chilled
1 vanilla bean, split
1 Pavlova shell

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the pistachios on a baking sheet and toast until just lightly golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside.

2. Carefully rinse the strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. Hull and halve the strawberries. Place berries into a bowl with the sugar and vinegar. Set aside to macerate for 30 minutes.