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A Christmas Pavlova Wreath for the Festive Season; Your favourite Berries, Coulis, Mint, and delicious Whipped Cream!

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I was asked by the lovelies over at Wren’s Kitchens to produce a recipe for them, but the theme was ‘Christmas with a Twist’. I was immediately complete stuck for ideas as my immediate thought was my Christmas Pudding Chocolate Truffles, but they were already on my blog. I wanted to do something new and delicious! As I already wanted to post a new Pavlova recipe, but with a winter theme I knew this was probably the best idea. Pavlova is such a great dessert, and it can look so impressive for something relatively simple! However, how do I make it ‘with a twist’?!

After trawling through Pinterest and a few Cookery Books, I thought I would have a go at the Pavlova Wreath. I tried Mary Berry’s one a few years ago and I adored it, so I knew I had to do this again! I added my own little twists of my personal favourite fruits, a Raspberry Coulis, some mint, some Freeze Dried Raspberries and some Mint Leaves. I realise that what I decorate mine with is pretty common, but its a Pavlova, and I wanted it to look Christmas like, so I was a bit restricted on what I could use!

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I made my life very simple with this delicious dessert. I didn’t feel the need to draw out two circles, but you can if you like. I simple got a very large baking sheet and lined it with parchment paper. Then I got one of my little Cath Kidston bowls that you see in my recipe videos and stuck it in the middle. It was pretty easy then to just dollop on the meringue around the edge, and have the perfect wreath shape! You could of course pipe you meringue to make it very pretty, but like my Spring Pavlova, I just dolloped it on and gave it texture with a fork.

I made my own Raspberry Coulis, using the method from my New York Cheesecake. Instead of using Strawberries and Raspberries though, I just used all Raspberries. You can easily use shop bought coulis and there is no shame in that at all, I just love to make my own. You can buy Freeze Dried raspberries in a few supermarkets now such as Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, and the other items you can get pretty much anywhere! I really adore this recipe, and don’t be afraid of it, its much easier than you think! Enjoy!

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Christmas Pavlova Wreath!

A Christmas Pavlova Wreath for the Festive Season; Your favourite Berries, Coulis, Mint, and delicious Whipped Cream!
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Category: Dessert
Type: Meringue
Keyword: Pavlova
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 10 Pieces
Author: Jane's Patisserie

Ingredients

For the Meringue

  • 5 large Egg Whites
  • 300 g White Caster Sugar
  • 1 tsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Cornflour
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

For the Filling

  • 450 ml Double Cream
  • 2 tbsp Icing Sugar
  • Fruit - Blackberries, Pomegranate, Raspberries, Blueberries etc!
  • Freeze Dried Raspberries
  • Raspberry Coulis
  • Mint Leaves

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 150C/130C Fan. Line a LARGE baking tray with baking parchment.
  • 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!
  • One at a time, whisk in the White Wine Vinegar, then the Cornflour, then the Vanilla and whisk till smooth!
  • Using a small bowl in the middle of the parchment paper, dollop the mixture around it so that once you remove the bowl, it’ll be a ring shape like a wreath!
  • I use a tablespoon and do a large spoonful for each dollop and go round the small bowl till I have used all the mixture up. I then use a fork so spike up little bits to give it texture!
  • Carefully lift out the bowl and 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 to make things easier!
  • Prepare your fruit – chop up any fruits such as the strawberries, and clean all the berries thoroughly! Whip up the double cream with the Icing Sugar.
  • Spread/dollop/pipe the whipped up cream onto the meringue and then add the fruit on top! Add a few mint leaves for colour, and sprinkle with Icing Sugar! I also used a little edible glitter for a bit of Christmas cheer! Enjoy!

Notes

  • I used my favourite fruits as I LOVE them combined with cream and meringue – Using seasonal berries are better compared to some of the ones I used, but I happen to know someone who manages to grow these delicious berries all year round and they taste amazing.
  • Anything wintery will suit the dessert well! Frozen berries will also work, but they will produce moisture once they thaw!
  • 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 so don’t worry if it happens. As long as your oven is actually the correct temperature (it’s not always what you set it to) and you DON’T open the oven door to let it cool, it’ll be dandy!
  • If you find you have some meringue left over (I personally didn’t) Make some mini pavlovas, and then make Eton Mess with Homemade Meringues!
  • The Meringue itself can be made in advance and stored at room temperature, but its very delicate. I usually make the meringue in the evening and store in the oven (turned off) till I decorate in the morning.
  • Once decorated this lasts 2 days! 

ENJOY!

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70 Comments

  1. Alice Stirling on December 26, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    5 stars
    I have tried and failed to do meringues so many times over the years, but finally SUCCESS!! It worked! Made my boxing day! Super easy and super tasty! Thank you!xx

  2. Holly on December 22, 2020 at 11:27 am

    I made this for Christmas day last year and was delicious. Wanting to make it again this year but thinking of making individual meringue nests rather than a large one. Would you recommend adjusting the baking time or would it roughly take the same time but keep an eye on the oven until they look done.

  3. Jodie on December 18, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    Hi Jane,

    I’m looking to make this for Christmas, but just a technical question, how do you know when the meringue is cooked properly?

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 19, 2020 at 9:40 am

      The timings, it will definitely be baked properly!



  4. Carmen Bastable on December 18, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    5 stars
    how do you get the blobs so neat!? i use a tablespoon but your edges seems nice and round and even?

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 18, 2020 at 9:53 pm

      It’s just practice I think, but it doesn’t matter! As long as it’s delicious x



  5. Gemma-Louise on December 18, 2020 at 8:22 am

    Just doing a pre-Christmas practice run, and it doesn’t seem to have gone quite right. I’m new to cooking with electric oven, and our new one has so many settings
    I used 130 fan setting, but it looked to be going too brown early on in the bake, so I turned off the fan and baked at 140.
    Came down this morning and there are so many cracks 🙈 and a little part has fallen in 😣
    Was it too hot? Or could it be something else?

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 18, 2020 at 9:56 am

      It sounds a little hot maybe? Fan is the best baking setting in my opinion, but you definitely need to make sure it’s on the right one! Mine has about 7 different weird settings but I’ve found the actual fan one if that makes sense! Pavlovas can crack a bit however x



  6. Rebecca Clements on December 5, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Hi Jane

    I absolutely love your recipes and thought I’d give this one a try before Christmas as it looks so good! My Pavlova seems to not have risen very well, I usually make meringues and this hasn’t happened before do you have any idea what could’ve caused this? Going to try again at Christmas so thought I’d see if you had any tips x

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 6, 2020 at 2:43 pm

      This can happen for a few reasons – but is the meringue itself a different recipe to what you normally do? I wouldn’t say this rises massively, but it can happen if there isn’t enough air in the meringue, or if something got into the meringue and killed it!



  7. Sophie on December 4, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    5 stars
    Hey Jane

    I am going to be making this for Christmas Day but I am a bit confused with the raspberry coulis. Do I buy this or make it? If I make it please can you let me know how to. Thank you 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 5, 2020 at 11:13 am

      You can find a recipe to make it on my blog, which is linked on this post, or buy it! x



  8. Ashley on November 29, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    Hey Jane, quick question for the coulis – how long will this last when stored in the fridge in a sealed jar? 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 30, 2020 at 10:51 am

      I would say about a week in the fridge! X



  9. Judles on November 24, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane would it be possible to bake the meringue ahead and decorate on the day? How would I store it and how long could I store it beforehand? Thanks! x

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 24, 2020 at 1:25 pm

      The meringue just needs to be kept at room temperature – in some sort of container that it can fit in haha! Meringue itself lasts for quite a while, like up to two weeks, but I usually say a few days. You also just need to be really careful when moving it as meringue is so delicate!



  10. Kathryn on November 14, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    Hi Jane,

    Do you tip your pavlova upside down when you take it out to decorate it? I think my edges are too round to place decoration on currently.

    Thanks,

    Kathryn

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 15, 2020 at 8:37 am

      Hiya – no I don’t, the bottom stays on the bottom as it’s flat x



  11. Chloe on November 11, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    So excited for this! I needed some Christmas alternatives to Christmas pudding.
    I have tried meringue once before and it was distastrous!
    We have a Kitchen Aid too, what setting do you put yours on to whip the egg whites, and do you keep it on this setting whilst you add the sugar/vinegar/vanilla … etc? I think this is where I went wrong last time.
    Thank you 😊

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 12, 2020 at 10:43 am

      Meringue can fail for a few reasons – and it’s not often the speed you whisk. You need to be VERY careful to make sure that your bowl and whisk are spotlessly clean, and you must get NO egg yolk in there – these are very very quick fails! Otherwise, just a medium-high speed is fine! x



  12. Carys on November 11, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Could you use a ring tin for this recipe? Rather than using a baking tray and bowl x

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 11, 2020 at 1:03 pm

      I wouldn’t advise it as it would be difficult to get out – and you need to be very delicate with pavlova so the baking tray is the best. x



  13. Vicky on November 8, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    Hi Jane if I wanted to make this into a chocolate meringue wreath how much cocoa/chocolate would I need and would the rest of the ingredients stay the same?

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 9, 2020 at 11:09 am

      I would maybe add up to 25g cocoa powder or 50g very finely chopped chocolate at the end and fold through. Sometimes the chocolate can make the meringue crack a bit but otherwise it’s fine! X



  14. Alison McIntyre on November 6, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Hi jane, i have just made this to practice for christmas. I haven’t tasted it yet but it has come out very pale brown/beige and the cracks are a bit darker. Does this mean it is burnt? Should i reduce the time or oven temp next time? Thanks 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 6, 2020 at 4:17 pm

      I would reduce the temperature – it sounds like the oven is too hot as mine never brown! x



  15. Hayley Baron on June 7, 2020 at 10:01 am

    5 stars
    Have made this several times and comes our perfect every time 👌
    I wondered if the recipe would work doubled up to make 2?
    Or is it best to make them individually?
    Thanks
    Hayley

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 7, 2020 at 10:04 am

      Ahh yay! And yes it would work – it’s just a very large amount of meringue so you just need to make sure your bowl/mixer can handle the amount! x



  16. Vanessa on January 6, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing! How far ahead of time can I make the merengue piece?

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 6, 2020 at 8:12 pm

      Meringue itself can last for months technically – the larger the meringue though the harder it is to keep. This is delicate so you have to be careful. Once topped it will last 1-2 days!



  17. Suzanne on January 6, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    This looks so good! It is so pretty and festive too, almost a decoration!

  18. Luz hughes on January 1, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    5 stars
    Mine cracked 😫 but once decorated looked and tasted just as good! Goes well after Christmas meal because it was very light and fruity!

    • Trish on January 2, 2020 at 8:43 pm

      One year I was just adding the final touches of edible spray glitter to my wreath when I opened a cupboard directly above it and down plopped a bag of sugar. 🤦‍♀️ Right on top of one side!!! 😱 What to do? I cut out that section and patched up the two ends and was left with a shape of the letter ‘C’. Explained to everyone that the C stood for ‘Christmas’. Would have got away with it too had dear hubby not then spilt the beans! 🙄



  19. Ruth on December 23, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Gonna attempt this tonight! Any tips on doing 2 of these? Would they be ok to go in the oven together?

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 23, 2019 at 2:59 pm

      If you have a large enough oven, they’d be fine together!



  20. Lois on December 13, 2019 at 10:36 am

    Hi Jane, if I bought liquid egg whites Would this work and how many grams would I need?
    Can’t choose which dessert to do for Christmas this one, mint aero cheesecake or lemon meringue cheesecake. I may do all three if there’s time 😬 Thank you!

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  22. Kiri on November 5, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Hi Jane, would I be able to make this into a chocolate pavlova? And if so how much cocoa powder/chocolate would I need to add?
    Xx

    • Jessica Barrell on November 23, 2019 at 6:44 pm

      I would love to know this too! Xx



  23. lauren gonzalez on December 17, 2018 at 4:57 am

    I plan on making this for a christmas dessert, if I were to make it late at night like you do, where would I store that pavlova the next day until it is ready to be served?

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 17, 2018 at 9:48 am

      I genuinely just leave it in the oven, might not be the best, but because of the size of it I find it easiest!



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  25. Lisa on November 21, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you for your posting. I am thinking of making this for thanksgiving dinner. I looked at some of the other recipes including Mary Berry which seems to range from 130 degree celsius to 150 (some called for 200C preheat, turn down to 130C when enter the oven). Does it matter hugely which one I follow?

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 22, 2018 at 9:37 am

      As my recipe mentions, its 150C for your oven, or 130C if you have a fan oven. I’ve got a fan oven, so I use 130C. I would advise sticking to a recipe with what it says, because otherwise it may burn/bake differently.



  26. Sarah on July 22, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    I know you posted this a while ago but I wanted to let you know what since discovering Thai recipe I have made it quite a few times over the years and it’s always come out perfectly. In summer or winter, or whenever, it’s a perfect desert that always makes an impressions. I just use seasonal fruit for the time of year and I just did one for the family with coconut yoghurt and pineapple pieces. Went down a treat! Thanks for sharing! X

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 23, 2018 at 8:02 am

      Awh thank you so much! Thats such a lovely comment – I’m glad you enjoy it!! X



  27. Trish on December 24, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Hi. Made this again with a lower oven setting and if came out okay. Was decorating the finished result, when upon opening a cupboard door, a bag of sugar fell out and guess where it landed? Yep. Unable to face starting from scratch, I improvised and now have the letter ‘C’ which I will say stands for
    for Christmas. Next years tip to myself. Make sure ALL ingredients are on the worktop before commencing. 😕

  28. Annie on December 24, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Yeah sorry this didn’t work. Followed your instructions to the letter and as I added the sugar a tsp at a time the meringue went flat (like goopy soup) and couldn’t be saved. I’ve made meringues many times before and have never had this problem.

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 24, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      I’ve never experienced this problem – sounds like there might have beens something in the egg whites to cause the issue.



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  30. Jane's Patisserie on November 25, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Sounds like there’s something wrong with your oven as I’ve never had a pavlova burn, ever.

  31. Clare V on December 24, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I’m a Home Economics teacher and love your recipes so much. My senior class do a bake off challenge every Monday and many of them use your recipes. Two of the Christmas Day desserts are from your page – Christmas Pavlova Wreath & Chocolate Orange Tart.

    Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 26, 2016 at 10:43 pm

      Ah yaaayy! I’m so happy they use them haha I’m so glad! X



  32. Cheryl on December 24, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Do you remove the meringue from the parchment before serving? So excited to make this for Christmas!

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 26, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      Sorry this is late but yes, you can’t eat parchment paper so you should always remove it xx



  33. Gail on December 23, 2016 at 11:31 am

    This looks delicious – and so pretty!

    Guess what I’ll be making tomorrow, for Xmas Day!! 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 23, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Oh thank you Gail! I hope you love it and have a Merry Christmas! x



  34. Lyn on December 18, 2016 at 3:05 am

    I would love to make this for Xmas. Could you tell me in cms how round the bowl should be.

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 18, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      It doesn’t really matter, no bigger than your standard small cereal bowl for example. As long as you have a very large tray, it doesn’t matter how large the middle is as long as you can fit the meringue around it.



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  36. Emily on November 29, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    I love all of your recipes on your website! I’m planning on making this for Christmas Day dessert, how far in advance could I make the merguine if I was to store in airtight container please? X

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 29, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      You could make it quite a while in advance but I’d say like 3 days as a basic? Leave cream and fruit last minute though! x



    • Emily on November 29, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      Perfect, Thank you! X



  37. Cher on November 29, 2016 at 3:25 am

    This such a holiday treat! Stunning Jane! I love the powdered sugar on top for a snowy effect! Makes me all excited for the holidays!

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 29, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      Hehehe thank you Cher! And same here!!



  38. Lorraine on November 28, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    This looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  39. Neni on November 28, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    This is so beautiful! Looks almost like a perfect holiday decor 😀
    I looove it and saved it for later 🙂

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