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Pavlova

Pavlova

Pavlova is a dessert which originated in New Zealand (or was it Australia?). It consists of a meringue shell filled with a layer of whipped cream and topped with seasonal fruit.

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Last modified on: March 24th 2013

For 6 people, you will need:

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PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
1 hour 19 min.30 min.45 min.2 hours 34 min.
Preservation: Only a few minutes once filled.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1
5 min.
Pavlova : Photo of step #1 Place a sheet of cooking parchment (or a silicon sheet) on a baking sheet and stand a dessert ring 24 cm (10 inches ) in diameter on top.

Melt 10 g butter and brush this over the "base" inside the ring.
Stage 2
3 min.
Pavlova : Photo of step #2 Sprinkle caster sugar over the melted butter.
Stage 3
5 min.
Pavlova : Photo of step #3 Do the same for the inside surface of the ring: brush with melted butter, then coat with caster sugar.
Stage 4
Pavlova : Photo of step #4 Put the ring back into place.

This will give us a meringue that is lightly caramelized on the outside.

Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C).
Stage 5
5 min.
Pavlova : Photo of step #5 Beat 60 g egg white to the stiff peak stage, then fold in 100 g caster sugar to make the meringue.
Stage 6
3 min.
Pavlova : Photo of step #6 Pipe a spiral to cover the base inside the ring using a forcing bag.
Stage 7
3 min.
Pavlova : Photo of step #7 Then pipe a circle around the edge to form the side of the pavlova.
Stage 8
45 min.
Pavlova : Photo of step #8 Bake in the oven for around 45 minutes. Ideally, the meringue should be crisp on the outside and still soft in the centre.
Stage 9
15 min.
Pavlova : Photo of step #9 Meanwhile, peel 4 kiwis and dice small.
Stage 10
15 min.
Pavlova : Photo of step #10 Do the same thing with ½ pineapple.

Peel 1 banana and slice.
Stage 11
5 min.
Pavlova : Photo of step #11 Mix the diced fruit together, add 4 tablespoons Sugar syrup and the juice of ½ lime. Mix well.

Set aside.
Stage 12
30 min.
Pavlova : Photo of step #12 Take the meringue out of the oven as soon as it is ready and leave to cool (this is important, otherwise it is likely to break).
Stage 13
5 min.
Pavlova : Photo of step #13 Slip a knife all around the inside of the ring.
Stage 14
5 min.
Pavlova : Photo of step #14 Remove the ring and stand the pavlova on the serving plate.
Stage 15
5 min.
Pavlova : Photo of step #15 Assemble the pavlova: spread a layer of cream in the meringue shell.
Stage 16
5 min.
Pavlova : Photo of step #16 Top with the diced fruit.

Serve immediately.

Remarks

The name "pavlova" came from the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, for whom the dessert was invented - another artistic muse, like for peach melba.

A pavlova must be served straight away, as the fruit will soon moisten the meringue and make it go soft.

Use fruit in season (kiwi, pineapple and bananas as as I write). You can achieve excellent results with a mix of soft fruit, combining red (red currants, strawberries, raspberries) and black (blackberries, blackcurrants).

But to "render unto Caesar", as they say, I admit to having pinched the excellent idea of caramelizing the meringue from Christophe Michalak.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
487322 gr970 gr101 gr
244 %9 %91 %15 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
2351 gr47 gr5 gr
12 %<1 %4 %1 %
Per person
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
8123 gr161 gr16 gr
41 %1 %15 %3 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 6 people : 3.20 €
Per person : 0.53 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: Home made, and many thanks to annick for her kiwis.
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