Festive Mixed Berry Pavlova

A lovely thing about Christmas

is that it’s compulsory,

like a thunderstorm,

we all go through it together.

– Garrison Keillor

Festive Mixed Berry Pavlova

Festive Mixed Berry Pavlova

Festive Mixed Berry PavlovaI don’t know what it was that possessed me to make a pavlova this Christmas as I have never eaten one, let alone make one, before! However, I did and it came out wonderful.

From what I know, pavlova is just meringue, cream and berries all thrown together. Whether or not the meringe needs to be hard or soft, I don’t know. The recipe that I used came from Ina Garten, and it is the crunchy-on-the-outside-but-soft-on-the-inside version.

I really, really liked this recipe because, not only did it taste delicious, it was a breeze to make. For once, nothing went badly wrong!

Festive Mixed Berry Pavlova
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Ingredients
  1. Egg Whites (4)
  2. Salt (1 pinch)
  3. Sugar (1 cup)
  4. Corn Starch (2 tsps)
  5. White Wine Vinegar (1 tsp) P.S. I successfully used Apple Cider vinegar instead.
  6. Vanilla Extract (1/2 tsp)
  7. Heavy Cream (1 cup)
  8. Berries
Instructions
  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 85 degrees celsius.
  3. Draw a 23cm circle on wax paper.
  4. Whisk the egg whites and salt for one minute (assuming you're using an electric mixer).
  5. Slowly add the sugar into the egg whites.
  6. Beat until shiny, firm peaks form.
  7. Sift the cornstarch into the mixture, and add the vinegar and extract.
  8. Gently fold everything in.
  9. Spread the mixture into the circle until it forms a disk.
  10. Bake in the oven for 1,5 hours.
  11. After 1,5 hours, switch the oven off and leave in for another hour to form a crucnhy exterior.
  12. Cover in whipped heavy cream and berries (or other toppings) of your choice.
Love, Kaylyn http://lovekaylyn.co.za/
Have you made/eaten a pavlova? What do you think of them?

 

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