Saturday, 2 January 2016

My Summer Learning Journey - Day 6

New Zealand is known for a lot of things one of the things they are known for are their Pavlova's. For my second day six activity I have written down a recipe on the famous pavlova.

Prep time:
15 mins
Cook time:
65 mins
  • 6 egg whites, at room temperature
  • pinch of salt
  • 1½ cups caster sugar
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 3 punnets fresh mixed berries, eg raspberries, blueberries and hulled and halved strawberries
To make a pavlova you really need an electric beater and egg whites that are not too fresh. If they are the pavlova will weep.
Heat the oven to 180°C (not fanbake). Line a baking tray with baking paper and mark a circle about 16cm diameter with a plate. Place the egg whites into the clean bowl of an electric beater. Add the salt and beat until stiff. Slowly add the sugar with the beater running. Beat for about 10 minutes at high speed until the meringue is thick and glossy – it should be thick enough not to fall from the beater. Last of all, whisk in the cornflour and vinegar. Use a big spoon to drop dollops of meringue into the circled area of baking paper. Form into a circle of meringue, making swirls with the spoon on 
the top rather than flattening to a neat tidy disc.
Bake at 180°C for 5 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 130°C and cook a further hour. Turn off oven and leave pavlova to cool in the oven.
Pavlova can be cooked a couple of days ahead and stored in an airtight container, or frozen. To serve, spoon Berry Compote over pavlova and scatter over mixed berries.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, yum! I love that you chose to post a recipe for pavlova and to include a picture. That pavlova looks absolutely delicious! It is inspiring me to go home and make one this week-end. I don't normally make pavlovas as mine always seem to crack but I am willing to give it another try, using the recipe that you posted above!

    Have you had any experience with making pavlovas, Zeba? If not, do you have any experience eating pavlovas? I hadn't actually ever eaten pavlova until I moved out of Canada and starting living in England. I flatted with a girl from Palmerston North and she introduced me to pavlova one year at Christmas. It was divine!