Pavlova is a very simple recipe, despire what anyone might think. It’s surely a very impressive centerpiece, that’s why many people might think of it as incredibely complicated and hard to make. Well, I thought so too, until I made it myself, and I’ve been a convert ever since. All you need is a bit of patience , trust me on that one. Let’s get started 😉
4 egg whites
220 g of caster sugar
1 tsp of corn starch
1 tsp of white wine vinegar
extra 2 tbsp of sugar
2 tsp of vanilla extract
250ml of heavy whipping cream
400g of strawberries, few cherries to decorate ( any fruit that’s a bit acidic will do,as it cuts through the richness of meringe and cream- passion fruit,kiwis,raspberries,blackberries,blueberries,even orange will be good, have fun with it).
Beat the egg whites with an electric beater until the whites form ”soft peaks” at the tip of the beater,when you take it out. When they’re white and fluffy and form ”soft peaks” start adding the sugar , a couple of table spoons at a time, mixing well between adding portions of sugar. when you start adding the sugar, eggwhites will start resembling meringue, they will become shiny,sticky,glossy and thick. that’s how they’re supposed to look-almost as melted marshmallow. when you’ve incorporated all the sugar, turn your electric beater off, add the corn starch,1tsp of vanilla extract and vinegar, and use a metal spoon to fold it through. try to be delicate and don’t knock the air out of the batter.
pre-heat your oven to 180C. tip your meringue mix onto a tray, covered with baking paper and delicately smooth out into a rough-circle shape. pop into the oven, close the oven door and immediately turn the temperature down to 120C. bake for 1,5 hours. let it cool completely in the oven.
when your meringue base is cold,take it off the baking paper,and delicately place onto a platter. whisk your cream with 1 tsp of vanilla extract and 2 tbsp of sugar until fairly stiff. tip the cream onto the meringue,spread evenly and cover with fruit. all done , now that wasn’t so hard, was it?;)