Chrissy Dessert – Pavlova

Well here in Australia the most popular dessert to have on Chrissy (the Aussies shorten everything!) is Pavlova.  Truth be told, this is a picture of my second attempt.  I learned very quickly to use the correct type of sugar and not to open the oven until the pavlova had fully cooled in the oven (it will fall dramatically otherwise – take my word for it!)IMG_1716

There are many recipes out there, and they all are very similar, the main difference is the addition of vanilla, and I am a HUGE fan of vanilla so I added it.  My favorite recipe is from Donna Hay.

Serves 6-8.

  • 4 eggwhites
  • 1 cup (220 grams) castor sugar
  • 3 teaspoons corn flour (corn starch)
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • fresh fruit to serve
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Beat eggwhites until soft peaks form.
  3. Gradually add sugar and beat for about 10 minutes until the mixture is stiff and shiny.
  4. Mix in cornflour, vinegar and vanilla until just combined.
  5. Spoon onto sheet pan lined with parchment and form an 18cm diameter circle.
  6. Place in oven and reduce heat to 250 degrees for one hour.
  7. Turn oven off and allow pavlova to cool in oven.
  8. Whip cream to soft peaks.
  9. Top pavlova with whipped cream and fruit.
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