Cinnamon Layered Pavlova

by Daniel Valko

Cinnamon Meringue layers with juicy oranges, grape fruit, fresh strawberries, whip cream and then topped with pistachios. 

Bake Time and Temperature

2 hours and 30 mins, 265 f

Cinnamon Meringue

• 5 room temperature egg whites

• 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar 

• 4 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 


• 2 cups sliced Strawberries 

• 2 Oranges 

• 1 Grapefruit 

• 1/4 cup chopped Pistachios

Whipping Cream 

  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream 

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 

1 ) Start by whisking the 5 room temputrue egg whites. On medium in a stand mixer, until foamy (about 1 min). Then add in the 1 1/4 cup sugar and turn up the mixer to high. Mix until the meringue has firm, stiff peaks. It should look smooth. Add in the 4 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon. Mix until combined, but don’t over-mix. 

2 ) Transfer the cinnamon meringue into 3, 8 inch round baking pans lined with aluminum foil. Bake for 2 1/2 hours @ 265f . Depending on your oven it might take a lot little longer than the time specified. Keep checking up on it every 5-10 minutes. Until it looks crisp on the outside. Let cool completely before removing the aluminum foil. Be gentle with the cinnamon Meringue layers. They can be very fragile. 

3 ) To put together the pavlova. Start by whipping the 2 1/2 cups heavy cream, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1 tsp pure vanilla extract as desired. Then cut the 2 cups Strawberries, 2 Oranges and Grapefruit as desired. 

4 ) When topping the cinnamon meringue layers. Divide the whipping cream, fruit and pistachios. Evenly between the layers or as desired. Cut carefully before serving.


Cinnamon Walnut Bundt Cake

by Daniel Valko

     These photos are from a shoot that I did with Aubrie LeGault. A food photographer from Portland. She took these beautiful photos and I styled the shots. This delicious of bundt cake is best served warm, with your choice of coffee or tea. Enjoy!


Aubrie LeGault: 


Instagram: @pdxfoodphotos





1/2 cup unsalted butter softened

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs 1 cup sour cream

2 cups all-pursue flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt 

Cinnamon Walnut Filling:

3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

6 tbsp softened butter

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 cup chopped walnuts 


Vanilla Glaze:

1 Cup Powdered sugar

3 tbsp Unsalted Butter

1/2 tsp Pure vanilla extract


Preheat Oven to 350 f

Bake for 45 to 50 mins

1  To make the batter, place the butter and sugar in mixer bowl and beat for about 2 minutes it should fluffy. Stop and scrape bowl. Then add the eggs and beat for about a minute, until creamy. Add the sour cream and mix until combined.


2  Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add the flour mixture gradually into mixer with wet ingredients. Mix until combined, batter should be very thick.


3  To prepare the cinnamon walnut filling. Place softened butter, brown sugar, chopped Walnuts and cinnamon into a bowl. Mix until crumbly or about a minute.


4  Spray bundt cake pan with baking spray. Then spread half the batter into the bottom of the pan. Scoop the cinnamon walnut filling onto the center of the batter. Cover the cinnamon walnut filling with the remaining batter.


5  Preheat oven to 350 f, bake the bundt cake for 45 to 50 mins. Or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bundt cake comes out clean.


6  While the bundt cake is baking make the glaze. Start by melting 3 tbsp of butter in a medium size bowl. Add the cup of powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Mix with a spoon until the glaze is smooth and flows off the spoon. If the glaze is too runny add just a little more powdered sugar. If it's too stiff heat it up in a microwave for 15 secs. 


7  When the bundt cake is done baking, let it cool for 5 mins in the pan. Then flip it over onto a cake stand or plate. And pour glaze over the warm bundt cake. Let it cool and serve.

Eggnog Spice Waffles

by Daniel Valko

     The classic taste of eggnog combined with the familiar company of waffles. Makes for the perfect winter time treat. Add even more eggnog taste with the optional eggnog glaze. Enjoy! 


Eggnog Spice Waffles Recipe: 

Makes up to 7 thin waffles

1 Egg

1 1/4 Cup Eggnog

1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil

1 1/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour

1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar

2 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

1/8 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg

1/8 tsp Ground Cinnamon


1  Preheat waffle iron, In a large bowl beat the egg, eggnog and vegetable oil until combined. Then mix in the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, pure vanilla extract, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir until combined

2  Pour mix onto preheated waffle iron, cook until golden brown. Serve hot, with your choice of pecans, walnuts, cranberries, syrup Or eggnog glaze.


Eggnog Glaze:

1/4 Cup powdered sugar

1 Tbsp Eggnog

1/4 tsp nutmeg

Combine the powdered sugar, eggnog and nutmeg until it's smooth and flows off the spoon. Serve with hot Eggnog Spice Waffles.