Food blogs, food sections and food writing are wonderful sources of inspiration and entertainment for me and countless others. While writing about Jaspa’s pavlova the other evening, something unexpected happened—I became my own source of inspiration. Reminiscing about my first pavlova got my creative juices flowing and I was determined to re-create the Aussie/Kiwi magic in my own home. In the words of Miss Adventure, ta da!
- 6 large egg whites
- 1 1/2 cups superfine granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup boiling water
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 cups assorted seasonal fruit such as raspberries and sliced strawberries and kiwifruit
Preheat oven to 350° F. and line a large baking sheet with foil.
In a large bowl with an electric mixer beat together whites, sugar, cornstarch, vinegar, and vanilla on low speed until just combined. Add boiling water all at once and beat on high speed 3 to 5 minutes, or until mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks.
Spoon meringue mixture onto baking sheet and spread into a 9- to 10-inch circle.
Bake Pavlova in middle of oven 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 200° F. and bake Pavlova 40 minutes more. Turn off oven and let Pavlova stand in oven 1 hour. Transfer Pavlova to a rack and cool completely. (Pavlova will be hard on outer surface and soft inside.)
In a bowl with cleaned beaters beat cream until it holds soft peaks and spread over Pavlova. Mound fruit on top of whipped cream.
Makes 6 to 8 servings.
An extremely helpful user comment from Epicurious.com
This is a gorgeous dessert that always receives oohs, aahs and contented moans of pleasure! I learned a few tips from an Australian friend (pavola originated in Australia and is almost a national dish) that make it fool-proof. 1) For best volume, egg whites must be room temperature. 2) Bowl/beaters must be scrupulously clean. 3) Beat egg whites and other ingredients (minus sugar) until soft peaks form. Then add sugar gradually and continue beating to stiff peak stage. 4) Add the boiling water by tablespoon rather than all at once as it may not be necessary to use all the water. Beat after each addition until egg whites become glossy and very stiff. 5) Bake as directed but leave in oven to cool/dry for at least 2 hours. 6) If kitchen is very humid, egg whites may not beat to desired volume/consistency or the finished pavlova may soften and become a little sticky. A good pav should be pale golden in colour, delicately crisp on the outside, dry but tender on the inside. It should not be hard/crunchy nor soft and marshmallow-like inside. Hope you find these comments helpful as you make a beautiful pavlova.