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Strawberry Pavlova

Strawberry Pavlova

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 1 hr

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Serves 6 - 8
When you find a punnet of perfectly ripe strawberries, showcase them in this irresistible summer dessert

Nutrition and extra info

  • Unfilled meringue can be frozen

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal525
  • fat31g
  • saturates18g
  • carbs60g
  • sugars59g
  • fibre2g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.17g
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Ingredients

For the meringue

  • 4 egg whites
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the topping

  • 500g strawberries, hulled and halved

    Strawberry

    straw-bare-ee

    Once available in Britain for just a brief period during the summer, strawberries are now a year…

  • 200g redcurrants, stalks removed

    Redcurrant

    red-cur-rant

    These shiny little berries grow low on bushes, hanging from the branches like rows of miniature…

  • 3 tbsp icing sugar
  • 350ml double cream

Method

  1. Heat oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Using a pencil, mark out the circumference of a dinner plate on baking parchment. Whisk the egg whites with a hand mixer until they form stiff peaks, then whisk in the sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, until the meringue looks glossy. Whisk in the vinegar, cornflour and vanilla.

  2. Spread the meringue inside the circle, creating a crater by making the sides a little higher than the middle. Bake for 1 hr, then turn off the heat and let the Pavlova cool completely inside the oven.

  3. When the meringue is cool, chop 100g of the strawberries. Mix them with half the redcurrants and 2 tbsp icing sugar. Place in a food processor, blitz until smooth, then push the fruit mixture through a sieve. Whip the cream with the remaining icing sugar and spread it over the meringue. Put the remaining fruit on the cream and finally pour the sauce over the whole lot.

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Comments (63)

bowdenei's picture

Corn starch is the same thing

dewdropdeb's picture

Corn flour is just corn starch, same thing just a different name this side if the pond! :)

twokidstwo's picture

try tapioca flour or potato starch.

furglantina's picture

I have never made meringue before and despite forgetting the vinegar, this was a great success. Thanks so much for this recipe Gregg, everyone raved about it, I shall definitely be making this again.

Matieboy's picture

Made this twice now, first time because I had never made one before and to gauge reaction from family and friends, I also used strawberries and raspberries, everyone who tried it loved it, so now doing it again by request, never had any problems with meringue at all, thanks for the recipe

sands_l's picture

Lovely recipe. I only had a rectangular baking tray so couldn't make a round one. This recipe makes enough to almost fill a baking tray.
It worked well and had the right amount of chewyness to dry meringue. As the meringue is very sweet I would recommend not putting any sugar in the cream. This was a great hit with all the family.

mariab2's picture
2.5

Looked great but found two things slightly disappointing. The meringue was quite sickly so I wouldn't add the vanilla if making it again (though would maybe add some vanilla seeds to the cream). It was also more on the 'raw' than the 'chewy' side for my liking inside - perhaps personal preference, but I'd give it another 20 mins or so in the oven at least next time. So it was okay, but not great.

chichi13's picture
5

Made this today for family Dinner and used strawberries And raspberries that me & kids had collected at pick your own farm.
Delicious! Didn't have enough time to let pavlova cool completely in oven so aside from a bit of breakage it seemed totally fine and was very tasty! WouLd definately make again.

awiddows's picture

A super recipe. I haven't made meringue before and it came out very well. I used strawberries and raspberries which went down very well.
I would add that if you measure out a dinner plate and use this as a template, the meringue was quick thick at the edges. You could afford to spread it thinner, making a bigger base and no one would feel short changed.
I will be making this again!

juliebahrain's picture
5

Straightforward to make - got 'Wows' all round when I put it on the table :-)

katieburton's picture
5

Delicious! Great recipe, easy to make. I used frozen berries and they worked fine. Next time I'll be adding some cassis... :)

mackeroo's picture
5

Love this recipe, its so easy and straightforward with amazing results. I just chop up a mixture of berries for the topping and finish with a dusting of icing sugar. Its always a winner in our house

selinabeana's picture

Great recipe - works perfectly and looks impressive. I cheated and filled it with sweet cream and berries instead of going the whole hog and making a proper pavlova. Served on a cake stand it looks the part. Tastes lovely and really chewy and gooey inside.

anthonyl's picture
5

making this for the 4th time this summer, so easy yet so impressive. Always a big hit! Most of our friends and family have had this now so will have to find a new dessert...

sutty's picture
5

what can I say.. I am a domestic goddess!!!! It looked gorgeous and tasted even better. This is going to have an outing at every event that I have, or am required to bring dessert!

lisa04wright's picture

I have never made this before and I'm not very good at making puddings, but this turned out to be a massive success. Thank you Mr Wallace i now have the confidence to try more.
Kids and partner loved it and now making another one for a friends birthday in the staff room at school/work.
Superb Pavlova, really great recipe :D

sandra51's picture
5

An outstanding pavlova, it had it all...peaks, volume, chewy mallow bits...even my mother in law said it was 'a beauty'....a compliment indeed. This recipe will make a pavlova chef out of anyone :)

amandacraw87's picture
5

YUMMY :D
first time using this recipe and defo wont be the last yummy yummy yum!!! perfect in every way though i just made my own topping as i only wanted the actu pavlova recipe! and i had no white wine vinger so just used white vinger worked great :D very easy!!! though it doesnt last very long as everyone in my house had 2nds :D

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