Sweet

Pavlova

A pavlova for me was meant as a constant in European royal events – a pretty dainty looking thing, piled high with luscious cream and pink berries, looking every bit as regal as a French empress. However, this is very much a New Zealand and Australian dessert, far from the royal homes of Europe, but nonetheless, it was a dessert that was to be picturised, not eaten and far from it,

Tips for a perfect pavlova:

  1. Ensure egg whites are at room temperature
  2. Each utensil and bowl must be completely dry
  3. Try to do this at the end of the kitchen duties so that once the pavlova is done baking, you can leave it in the oven at peace
  4. Whisk the egg whites well before adding the sugar slowly, 1 spoonful at a time
  5. Mix the corn flour and vinegar in a separate bowl to make a slurry only after all the sugar has been added and then add the slurry to the egg white bowl and whisk well to distribute evenly
  6. Ensure that the sugar has dissolved well into the egg white mixture
  7. Do not beat very fast – slow and steady is the name of this game! Always whisk at a medium speed
  8. You do not want too much air whisked into the mixture so try to keep the bottom of the whisks touching the bottom
  9. Use an electric hand whisk
  10. Do not open the oven door at any point during baking or after baking for at least 6-8 hours
  11. Do not freeze or refrigerate the pavlova
  12. Pavlova stays only for one day
  13. You can store the pavlova in an airtight container at room temperature
  14. Dollop whipped cream on top of the pavlova only before serving

Use the three egg yolks to make crème brulee here!

The Recipe
Serves

Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • ½ cup castor sugar
  • ¾ tsp corn flour
  • ½ tsp vinegar
  • Topping:
  • whipped cream
  • fresh berries and orange slices

Instructions

  • Read the above notes before starting the process
  • Preheat the oven to 150C
  • Prepare a tray with parchment paper lined
  • Ensure the kitchen is clean and dry
  • Prep the counter with all the ingredients required
  • In a metal mixing bowl start the whip the egg whites until they start to form soft peaks – should take about 6 to 10 minutes
  • Slowly add large spoonful of sugar one after another, beating well in between – should take about another 6 minutes to complete – to ensure the sugar is dissolved well, rub a few drops of the egg white mix between your fingers – if it still feels too grainy, whisk further
  • Remember to scrape the sides of the bowl as well
  • The meringue mix should start to be thick and glossy
  • Add the vinegar and corn flour slurry and mix well for another 2 minutes until stiff peaks form
  • Now use a spatula to transfer the meringue mix to the parchment paper, creating a round disk, piling up about 2 inches. You can use an offset spatula to smooth the edges or create a design. Ensure smooth edges everywhere or it will be prone to burn
  • Bake in the oven for 60 minutes
  • Afterwards, switch off the oven but do not open the oven door. Let the pavlova dry further overnight in the oven or at least 6-8 hours and still do not open the oven door even a bit!
  • Remove from the oven and place on serving dish or an air tight container for serving later in the day