Monday, February 23, 2009

My Favourite Pavlova Recipe

This is a Pavlova recipe which I use time and time and time again. What is Pavlova? Why is it called Pavlova, you might ask? Pavlova is a meringue dessert topped with whipped cream and fruit named after the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova. It's believed to have been created to hounour her during or after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand. It's a popular dessert both in Australia and New Zealand. This recipe is pretty much fail-proof, it makes a crusty on the outside and marshmallow-y on the inside sort of meringe, the whipped cream and the tang of the fruit help make it taste sensational. Stick some candles on, and voila.......... a birthday cake with a twist! Here is the recipe, follow every step and you'll succeed:
4 egg whites (room temperature)
1 and 1/2 cups Caster (Baker's) Sugar
1 teaspoon corn flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teaspoon white vinegar
4 tablespoon boiling water
(1) Mix all together in large mixing bowl, beat 15 minutes.
(2) Line metal tray with aluminium foil, dust with plain flour.
(3) Put beaten mixture on tray, make a round shaped mound. Stab with fork to get air bubbles out.
(4) Bake in preheated oven (190 degrees C) for 10 minutes, then 130 degrees C for 45 minutes.
(5) When cooked, leave oven door ajar until cold.
Meanwhile, whip 600ml of thickened cream or whipping cream. Cover cooled meringue with whipped cream topped with any fruit of your choice, strawberries, kiwifruit, canned fruit (I used Traditional Fruit Salad by Golden Circle). Passionfruit pulp and juice can be added just before serving, it's absolutely delicious. Blueberries and raspberries are also very good with it.
I'll leave you with these roses, hope the rest of your week will be as lovely as they are. Roses used here: Sir Edward Elgar (David Austin, Pinkish Red), Anne Boelyn (David Austin, apricot,with darker centre), Tamora (David Austin, apricot), Ambridge Rose (David Austin, apricot) and St. Cecilia (David Austin, light pink)


Tracy said...

As usual, your roses are breathtaking! Enjoy your day... :)

texasdaisey said...

Yummo! I love fresh fruit desserts in the summer so I will definitely have to try this one. Be sure to not miss my giveaway at my Gloryfeathers Blog.

Bobbie Lynn said...

What a Beautiful dessert and of course your beautiful roses.

Shabby Cottage Collectibles said...

That dessert looks wonderful but your roses are breathtaking..thanks for sharing. Esther

Anonymous said...

I am absolutely aching for Spring and a chance to plant roses in my new home's yard!! LOVELY!

Anonymous said...

Looks absolutely YUMMY!

Lady Katherine said...

I just love the roses! Six hours of sun, thanks for the info. I am tring my hand at a rose garden, if I can have just a small part of your lovely garde, I will be so happy. Your roses are so beautiful. I know your told that over and over, Yours are just breath taking. You really know how to grow a lovely rose garden.