My mother makes the most amazing Pavlova. It is a dessert she can just whip together without much thought, or a recipe for that matter, and a feast for the eyes and the stomach appears. So, with Wimbledon just past and my subsequent need for strawberries still present, I decided this was the week to try the perfect vehicle for this summer fruit. With lots and lots of whipped cream.
There is nothing ground breaking about this recipe. It is just really, really good.
3 egg whites
175g white sugar, caster preferably
1tsp vanilla essence
2tsp corn starch
200ml whipping cream, whipped
Selection of chopped summer fruits – I used strawberries and a nectarine
1 handful of frozen blueberries and raspberries
1 heaped teaspoon of icing sugar
1. Line a baking sheet with grease proof paper and preheat your oven to 150c
2. Whisk the egg whites into stiff peaks. Test appropriately by holding the bowl upside down over your child’s head. Then add the sugar, 1 spoonful at a time, whisking between each spoonful. Add the vanilla essence and corn starch, give one last short whisk to fully combine before spooning the mixture onto the grease proof paper in a circular form. Mine had a diameter of about 8 inches
3. Put in the preheated oven for 30 mins, then reduce the temperature to 120c and cook for a further hour. When the buzzer goes, turn off the oven, open the oven door and leave the meringue to cool completely inside
4. For the coulis, put the frozen blueberries and raspberries in a microwave proof bowl with the icing sugar and zap in the microwave for a minute. Then pass the fruit through a sieve to remove the seeds and blueberry skins and chill
5. It is best to build the Pavlova just before you are ready to serve so the meringue doesn’t go soggy. So, when the table is being cleared of the main course, pile the whipped cream on top of the meringue, top with the chopped fruits and then drizzle the fruit coulis over the top. Enjoy immediately.
I am not going to pretend that this was as good as my mother’s, (her’s somehow manages to stand a good 4 or 5 inches tall before being dressed) but it was a close second and I will defo be making it again. Although next time, I will probably make individual ones in a vague attempt at portion control. But it is basically fruit, and therefore entirely good for you, right…?