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Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Goodbye to Summer with Mini Pavlovas

One of the easiest ways to enjoy the last of the summer berries is to plonk them onto a pavlova. The meringue in this recipe is for softer, chewy, melting meringues, rather than the crisp dry ones that you would use for something like frozen meringue creams.

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Individual Summer Berry Pavlova
Adapted from The Best of Sainsbury's Desserts

Makes one large or 6 mini pavlovas

4 large egg whites
250g/8oz caster sugar
1 tablespoon cornflour
2 teaspoons vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the filling:
300ml/10 fl oz double cream
Summer fruits of your choice - sliced if wanted

Using a clean, large bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff.

Add the sugar, a tablespoon at a time, whisking until the meringue is very stiff.

Whisk in the cornflour, vinegar and the vanilla extract.

To make a large pavlova, pile the meringue onto a baking sheet that has been lined with non-stick baking parchment and spread into 23cm/9" round. Hollow out the centre slightly with a spoon.
For mini pavlovas, spoon or pipe 6 small circles of meringue onto a lined baking sheet, indenting the middles.

Bake the meringue in a pre-heated oven 15oºC/300ºF/Gas Mark 2, for about 1½ hours. Cool, remove the baking parchment and place onto a serving dish.

Whip the cream until stiff, then fold in some of the fruit before spooning onto the meringue base. Decorate with the remaining fruit.

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31 comments:

Dragana said...

This is too delicious. I will have to wait until the weather changes here in Texas. Too much humidity and it's a chewy diseaster!

Joy said...

Maybe the Worlds most perfect dessert!

Sophie said...

The dessert loooks so lovely, fab even!

Margaret said...

The mini pavlova's look totally delicious and captures summer berries perfectly.

Patricia Scarpin said...

These are so adorable, Nic!

Marysol said...

One of my favorite desserts. Nic, I love the contrast between the colorful fruits and the ethereal, little clouds of meringue.

Btw, this just reminded me of the 6 egg whites I had stored in the fridge, over a week ago. I think I'm gonna cry.

Grace said...

but i don't wanna say goodbye!! could it really be over already? bah! i love your presentation here, nic--the gorgeous berries (and kiwi?) and the pure white pavlovas make a stunning dish!

The Mrs. said...

Looks amazing! All I have to say is... YUM!

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

Aah far too pretty Nic. Wouldn't have the heart to 'fork' it...look at all the enviable summer fruit on it. At least I got to taste the dried version (thanks to you LOL). I love the idea of a soft meringue & this seems more fun with whites for now, after the macaron mess I've dragged myself through. Gorgeous picture!!

Bellini Valli said...

This is such a beautiful presentation.

Katie said...

They look delicious! The perfect way to use the last of your summer berries. Stunning photos.

The Leftoverist said...

Oh my goodness. This looks so delicious. I've never made pavlova before, but have always wanted to. Guess I"ll have to wait until next summer?

Jan said...

Fantastic pictures as always Nic! They look so good with all that fruit on top!

Lisa said...

A beautiful goodbye to summer! I have been making Lazy Pavlovas for weeks. I have been finding the most beautiful peaches. I slice one almost every day at lunch and top it with a dollop of whipped cream and one of my chocolate chip meringue cookies. It is not as beautiful as yours but the taste is fantastic. Your presentation is beautiful and the fruit looks so appealing!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

REAL meringues, like yours, rock. So sad that most people only ever have the nasty dry ones.

Great way to say farewell to the summer...

oneordinaryday said...

Beautiful dessert.

Nazarina A said...

I like the fact that it is a softer meringue.Yum! I would love to try this recipe and experience what you have with this delicious dessert!

atdownunder said...

Sweet and nice tribute to the end of summer !

petite nyonya said...

A beautiful dessert! I love pavlovas the first time I had it in Australia. Always wanted to make it at home but never got around to it yet. I'm really encouraged after looking at yours.

sunita said...

This looks so beautiful Nic.Great presentation. Yes, summer is well and truly over.

Sam said...

Beautiful,as always! Pavlova is one of my favourite summer desserts.

I can't beleive it's the end of summer already!

Weekend Carnivore said...

Wow, those look seriously tempting.

Jacqueline said...

That looks amazing! You are so cruel tempting us in this way!

Chef Jeena said...

A great way to say goodbye to summer! These are beautiful little delights, delicious!

Katie said...

These look beautiful!

Robin Sue said...

This is truly a great way to enjoy the last of those juicy berries! So sad summer is gone but so much to look forward to!

outsideoslo said...

Those are beautiful! By the way, I finally posted the recipe for the Norwegian almond cake you were interested in. Enjoy!

Cynthia said...

It was such a pleasure to have you visit!

Jeanne said...

OMG that looks wonderful... We must be on the same wavelenght as I made mini passion-fruit pavlovas recently (although I cheated and used store-bought meringue nests...!)

Nicisme said...

Thank you everyone!

The Leftoverist - you can use any fruits in season, not just the soft summer ones.

The Purple Foodie said...

I have been dreaming of making a pavlova ever since I first ate it a few weeks ago! I must make it as soon as strawberries arrive in December. Your pavlova looks so good!