Spring Pavlova!

A Delicious Spring Pavlova that would be a massive hit round the Dinner Table – Decorate with Whipped Cream & your favourite Fruits!

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Desserts are always a tricky one, when you try to find something that will suit an early dinner, a lunch, or even a normal dinner, then a Pavlova is something that everyone will love! The meringue is sweet, crunchy and chewy.. and is absolutely full to the brim with freshly whipped cream and delicious Seasonal Fruit.

I know that Meringues can be a bit daunting, but once you know how, they are easy. I have my Eton Mess with Homemade Meringues & Eton Mess Traybake recipes up already – and I use mini meringue in them, but you can easily do whatever you like with meringue! The same mix can make small meringues, or a mahoosively delicious one for this recipe!

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The Pavlova should be made ideally the day before you want it – therefore it can dry out and be the perfect meringue texture – fill it last minute with some freshly whipped cream and some pre-prepared fruit then you are easily done. If you want a stress free dessert or you are craving something delicious then you should definitely make this beauty!

(Of course, this recipe is ideal all year round.. just suit the fruit to the season!)

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This recipe serves 8-10!

Ingredients

For the Meringue
– 5 Large Egg Whites – roughly
– 300g White Caster Sugar
– 1tsp White Wine Vinegar
– 1tsp Cornflour
– 1/2 tsp Vanilla Bean Extract

For the Filling
– 300ml Double Cream
– 2tbsp Icing Sugar
– Fruit – I used Mango & Passion Fruit
– 1x Jar of Lemon Curd

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Method

1) Preheat your oven to 150C/130C Fan. Draw out a large circle onto a piece of parchment – roughly 10″ in size and then place the parchment paper onto a large baking tray!

2) Whisk the egg whites with an stand mixer – I use my Kitchen Aid until they form stiff peaks – when you reach this stage, start adding the sugar 1tsp at a time. Once all of the sugar is incorporated it should be glossy, at this point, whisk in the vinegar, cornflour, and vanilla.

3) Spread the mixture onto the parchment within the circle so that its pretty much even – decorate the meringue how you like but slathering it into the circle is easy and works perfectly! Once finished, bake in the oven for 1 hour – turn off the heat of the oven and leave to cool completely in the oven, without opening the door. I bake my meringues late at night, and leave them to cool overnight!

4) Prepare your fruit – chop up any fruits such as the mango, and spoon the insides of the passion fruit into a bowl! Whip up the double cream with the Icing Sugar.

5) Spread/dollop the Lemon Curd carefully over the meringue, spread/dollop the cream onto the meringue as well on top of the cream, and then add the fruit on top! Enjoy!

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Tips and Ideas

I used the Mango & Passion Fruit as I LOVE them combined with cream and meringue – and I think it makes the dessert look Spring like! You can of course use whatever you like!

The Icing Sugar in the Cream, and the Vanilla in the pavlova are optional, but I like my desserts sweet. The Vinegar & Cornflour in the Pavlova are needed to stabilise the meringue, so please don’t leave these out!

The pavlova is classic, and it nearly always will have some cracks in it but this is the nature of such large Meringues, and is classic for Pavlovas!

ENJOY!

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