Pretty pavlova

Pavlova… it has been and always will be an all time favourite. It has to be the best way to use up any leftover egg whites, and we had 3 sitting in the fridge after our carbonara feast. This recipe will serve 5 -6 people.

  • 3 egg whites
  • 175g of sugar (you will actually have to measure this as it’s important to get the ratio right)
  • 1tsp of cornflour
  • 1tsp of white wine vinegar
  • 4 tbsp of double cream
  • 1 heaped dessertspoon of icing sugar
  • 1tsp of vanilla essence
  • fresh fruit, I used peaches, blueberries, strawbs and passion fruit

Heat your best friendΒ up to 150 degrees. Then All you have to do is tip your egg whites into your mixer and whisk on quite a high speed until it looks a bit like a cloud. Then add the sugar. It is ESSENTIAL that you add the sugar slowly, 1 dessertsoon at a time. Once it is all combined the mixture should have turned shiny and much glossier and will be extremely stiff.

Fresh fruit Pavlova recipe

In a mug combine the cornflour and the vinegar and then tip that in to the mix and give it another whisk. This is what gives the pavlova that signature, slightly chewy inside…YUM! Fresh fruit Pavlova recipe

Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and then tip on the meringue mix. Using a spatula, shape into a nest shape with higher sides and a dipped middle, creating interesting peaks as you go.

Fresh fruit Pavlova recipe Bung into the oven and immediately turn the heat down to 130. Cook for 1 hour. Then turn the oven off and leave it to cool in the oven undistrubed (probably for another 45 minutes.)

Fresh fruit Pavlova recipe

Whip your cream along with the icing sugar and vanilla. Taste and add more sugar if you are that way inclined.

Fresh fruit Pavlova recipe Fresh fruit Pavlova recipe

Dice up your fruit…

Fresh fruit Pavlova recipe

Dollop the cream mixture into the centre of your meringue nest and then top with fruit. Don’t worry about cracks, it’s appeal lies in the rusticity. This is just perfection on a plate and makes the idealΒ summer dinner party pud. Fresh fruit Pavlova recipe

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