Like most Kiwi families, we adore Pavlova. And because it’s a staple, you just need to do something a little different with it from time to time. You can give it a different flavour, perhaps a different topping, even roll it into a roulade. But there always seems to be a special twinkle in the eye when people are served an individual Pavlova – after all, no sharing required!
Thanks to Food Down Under.com (which now appears to be off-line, so I’m unable to include the link) for this great recipe, which I slightly adapted.
For six mini Pavlovas
- 4 egg whites (about 150mls)
- 1 pinch cream of tartar
- 1 cup caster sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornflour
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 300 ml thickened cream, whipped
- Preheat oven to 150°C (300°F). Line a baking tray with baking paper. Draw 6 x 10cm circles on the paper with felt pen (or a dark pencil). Turn the paper upside down on the tray, so you don’t get marks on your Pavlovas! You should be able to see the circles clearly.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar until stiff peaks form.
- Add the sugar one spoon at a time, beat well after each addition. Continue beating until all of the sugar has been added and the meringue is thick, stiff pointed and glossy.
- Using a large clean metal spoon, gently fold in the cornflour, vinegar and vanilla. Don’t overmix though – you don’t want to deflate the mixture.
- Spoon the meringue onto the baking trays, dividing the mixture evenly between the six circles. Pile each meringue nice and high and slightly inside of each circle, as they’ll spread out a little as they bake. Level off the tops of the meringue, so you can pile on your cream and fruit later.
- Turn the temperature down to 110°C (230°F). Bake in the oven on the lowest shelf for 75 minutes. Turn the oven off and keep the oven door closed. Leave the Pavlovas in the oven to cool completely, or overnight.
- Serve, piled with cream and seasonal fruits. On this occasion, I chopped up some strawberries, tossed in a little icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar) and some grated orange zest and popped in the fridge to work its magic.
Food Photography Info: Canon 550D (EOS Rebel T2i); Canon 50mm 1.8 lens / Natural lighting