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Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Red, White & Blue - Summer Berry Pavlova

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We are out of the World Cup *sniff* but still have Andy Murray in the tournament at Wimbledon. I went last week and saw Rafael Nadal playing Kei Nishikori on centre court. The tennis wasn't the best, but the atmosphere, excitement and sunshine made up for it!

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Vanilla pods

I made a red, white and blue summer pavlova at the weekend, full of berries from the farmers' market, which are at their best right now and perfect for the heatwave. I flavoured the cream with vanilla seeds, which were scraped from beautiful fat pods, given to me by Deeba from Passionate About Baking when she came to London last November.

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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/10fl 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, pile or pipe 6 small circles of meringue onto a lined baking sheet, making a dent in the middle of them.

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 and fold in some of the fruit before spooning onto the meringue base. Decorate with the remaining fruit.

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Rafael Nadal serving to win the match

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Being nosey - a quiet royal box, last year's was far more interesting as we went on 'Sporting Saturday'

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Even the flowers are colour co-ordinated

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Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce said...

This sounds and looks fabulous - I think the vanilla in the cream makes it perfect! Looks like a beautiful day at Wimbledon too, I may consider a day out there this summer, although I hear the strawberries are priced at something ridiculous, like 25p each?!

sunita said...

Gorgeous pavlova Nic; and I remember you going to Wimbledon last year;-)

Deeba PAB said...

Utterly charming pavs Nic - so festive & refreshing to look at! Wow that you went to see Nadal's match. Would have loved to attend one of those too! Thank you for using the beans, and for using them ever so beautifully! xoxoxo

Janet Rudolph said...

Wow! Beautiful and a great recipe. The vanilla will certainly make the difference, and the cornflour.. Perfect for Fourth of July..over here! Celebrate!

Maria♥ said...

Wow what a gorgeous summer dessert, just can't beat a pavlova!


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Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

This dessert is perfect for summer with its crown of summer berries.

chow and chatter said...

wow amazing dessert and great for this weekend, wow what fun to go to wimbledon

love rebecca

Chele said...

Yum! So jealous you get to go to the tennis, I've always wanted to do that. Guess I'll just have to console myself with strawberries and cream lol

diva said...

I haven't been following the tennis unfortunately this time round but i was left absolutely guttered after England and ... wait for this, JAPAN got kicked out. ugh, can't even bring myself to watch it anymore. Yea I'm petty so what. :P This looks so summery and what great lighting. Immediately thought this would be Donna Hay cover shot ;D x

Susan from Food Blogga said...

That is a positively perfect pavlova, Nic!

Nachiketa said...

Your Summer Berry Pavlova looks so delish n fresh.. want to eat it off the screen.....

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grace said...

ooooh--vanilla-flavored cream sounds pretty spectacular! impressive presentation as well. yep, this one's a winner!

Johanna GGG said...

beautiful photos - I am sure your pav would go down well at wimbledon (sorry to hear the news for murray is not good)

Vanille said...

A very beautiful summer treat Nic !

Su-yin said...

I love Nadal, am very envious that you got to see him play! Lucky you. :)

The pavlova looks lovely, just the thing to eat during the warmer months. I really should try making one soon (before the weather turns against me!).

Jamie said...

Ha Ha Ha I recognized the vanilla pods right away! I got the same! And your pavlova is stunning! Perfect!

Nic said...

Thanks for all the comments! You guys are the best!!