Saturday, 2 June 2007

Pavlova

Since I hadn't made anything special for a while, my kids were craving some dessert. My son wanted something fruity and creamy and so I decided on a Pavlova. The last time I made a Pavlova was almost 20 years ago - in my student days in Melbourne.



Needless to say, the kids loved it and want me to make it again soon. I found it a tad too sweet but that's the thing with making a meringue - the sugar is critical to hold up the whisked egg whites. Cutting back on the sugar will cause the meringue to become rubbery.


The picture I took didnt turn out too well but here it is anyway.



This is the recipe for my very own version of a simple Pavlova.

Ingredients:
4 egg whites
1 cup castor sugar
2 tsps Corn Flour
400 ml whipping cream
1 tbsp Icing Sugar
1 large can of Fruit Cocktail
Your choice of fresh fruits to decorate

Method:

Meringue
Draw two 8" circles on Grease proof paper
Pre-heat oven to 140C
Whisk egg whites till stiff
Add sugar a little at a time while continuing to beat
quickly add in Corn flour
Pipe or spread egg white on to the two circles
Bake for about an hour or till crisp.
Remove greaseproof paper and let cook

* I prefer a crispy meringue all through rather than the traditional crisp outside and marshmallowy inside. To make it crisp all throuhg, bake a little longer and then let cool in the oven so it dries out.

Filling
Whip cream till stiff
Drain liquid from fruit cocktail and then add into cream mixture
Spread one meringue with the cream and fruit
cover with second meringue and spread remaining cream and fruit on top
Decorate with fresh fruit

YummY!

5 comments:

Freya and Paul said...

I love pavlova but like you sometimes find it a bit too sweet! I often use unrefined sugar which is more like caramel than sugar.
You have a great blog by the way, keep up the good work!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Hi Dharm!

I made pavlova once for a friend of mine from new Zealand. It was fun! and if I recall pretty good.!

Kristen said...

That does sound delicious. I've never made pavlova but I bet my family would love it.

Julie said...

I haven't had Pavlova in ages, I will have to make some soon.

trupti said...

That looks so good!

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