updated 10/06/2011 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/11/2011 AT 9:30 AM ET
When Kym Johnson, the Aussie Dancing with the Stars pro, who’s currently paired up with David Arquette, finds herself missing home, she doesn’t need to travel further than her kitchen to whip up one of her favorite hometown dishes: pavlova – a traditional Australian meringue dessert.
“It’s my secret dinner party dessert weapon, and I’m getting my American friends to embrace it, too,” says Johnson, 35, who recalls fond memories of her grandmother and mom baking pavlova for family gatherings.
“It was always delicious,” she says of the treat, which is “gooey in the middle but crispy and crunchy on the outside.”
To finish, you top it with fruit. “It’s hard to make it just right,” says Johnson.