Basil Pavlova: 3 egg whites, room temperature 1/4 tsp cream of tartar 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp white sugar 3/4 tbsp cornstarch 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract 8 leaves basil, finely chopped.
Fresh Whipped Cream: 1/2 cup whipping cream 1 tbsp sugar.
Whip cream and sugar together in a bowl just until stiff peaks form. Do not overbeat – or you’ll end up with butter!
Assembly: Carefully separate meringue from parchment and place on large plate. Spread whipped cream evenly over meringue. With a slotted spoon, pile strawberries into the center, and drizzle some of the syrup on top.