Anna's Pavlova

    1 hour 15 mins

    A crunchy meringue base ready to be topped with whipped cream and your favourite fresh fruit - named after the famous ballerina!

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    Serves: 8 

    • For the meringue
    • 4 egg whites
    • 225 g white sugar
    • 5 ml distilled white vinegar
    • 5 ml vanilla extract
    • 8 g cornstarch
    • 300ml whipping cream
    • Seasonal fresh fruit-strawberries, kiwifruit etc

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C.
    2. Beat egg whites and sugar in a large bowl with electric beaters until stiff peaks form.
    3. In separate bowl, mix together vinegar, vanilla and cornflour until smooth. Pour cornflour mixture into egg white mixture and beat until thick and glossy, approximately 4 minutes.
    4. Line a baking tray with baking paper and draw a 20 cm circle in the centre. Spoon or pipe mixture inside the circle, to within a little less than 2.5 cm from the edge.
    5. Place in preheated oven, reduce temperature to 110 C and bake 1 hour. Turn oven off and leave pavlova to cool inside.
    6. To serve, decorate cooled pavlova with whipped cream and fresh fruit, such as a mixture of fresh berries.

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    I didn't add the sugar to the whites right away. You'll get a better rise out of your whites (& won't have to whip it as long) if you whip the whites to a soft peak first, then gradually add the sugar. I cooked mine on an aluminum baking sheet so I added 10 minutes to the cook time. I let it cool in the oven for two hours & it was still too gooey in the center. I was barely able to grab a pic before the pile of cherries I put on top, caved in the pavlova. :o( There's another recipe, on this site, that calls for the pavlova to be baked @ 300 degrees for an hour...that one worked much better for me. I'll use it again next time but thanks anyway Christina!  -  14 Aug 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Great recipe! I followed the recipe exactly, except instead of making one large cake I made 5 small ones so everyone can have an individual desert. I made this for my friends and they LOVED IT. I will definately make this again, but I will probably use less sugar next time, as this was a bit too sweet for my taste.  -  12 Aug 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    A friend made this for me years ago, and called it a Shaum Torte, but the Shaum Torte recipes at this site looked more like traditional merengues. This was what I was looking for. Whipped up some fresh heavy cream, and served it with strawberries. Great summer dessert. There's nothing like that soft, creamy, marshmallow-like center. I love it. If you've never had it--give it a try. Unique and delicious.  -  01 Sep 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)