This Slavic sounding dessert was actually invented by an unknown pastry chef on the other side of the world. He came up with the heavenly combination of crispy meringue, whipped cream, and fresh fruits in honor of the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, shortly after her tour of Australia and New Zealand. Pavlova is considered a national dish in both New Zealand and Australia and the recipe’s origin has been a point of contention between the two nations. However, some researchers have argued that the origins of Pavlova can be traced to the United States and that it was based on a German dish. But all history aside, it is a fantastic dessert to whip up during the summer months. So why not prepare it for Mother’s Day? Instead of gifting her with the usual flower bouquet, show your mom how awesome you think she is by surprising her with this exceptionally tasty summer treat.