Apricot & pistachio pavlova

Apricot & pistachio pavlova

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(4 ratings)

Takes 1¾ - 2 hours, plus cooling

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Serves 6
Melt into this creamy apricot and pistachio pavlova

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving with whipping cream

  • kcal718
  • fat41.8g
  • saturates23.9g
  • carbs78.6g
  • sugars65.3g
  • fibre1.7g
  • protein7.3g
  • salt0.27g


  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar, or any other wine or cider vinegar
  • 5 large egg whites
  • 300g golden caster sugar
  • 50g shelled pistachio, roughly chopped
  • 650g ripe fresh apricots



    A relative of the peach, nectarine, plum and cherry, apricots are fragrant, with a soft, velvety…

  • 3 tbsp Cointreau or other orange flavoured liquer
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar, or even more to taste
  • 568ml carton whipping cream or double cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 140C/gas 1/fan 120C and line a baking sheet with non-stick parchment paper. In a small bowl, blend the cornflour, vanilla extract and vinegar to a smooth paste.

  2. Whisk the egg whites until stiff in a separate clean bowl. Gradually whisk in the sugar a little at a time to make a thick and glossy meringue, then whisk in the cornflour paste until well combined.Spoon the mixture on to the paper, then spread, without flattening it, to form a 23cm/9in round. Swirl the edges with the back of the spoon to give lovely soft folds and peaks. Scatter half the pistachios over the meringue and bake for 1 hour, by which time it will feel crisp if you tap it. Turn off the oven and leave the pavlova to cool with the oven door open.

  3. Set aside 450g/1lb of the apricots and roughly chop the rest, discarding the stones. Purée the chopped apricots, then push them through a sieve with a metal spoon. Stir in the liqueur and sweeten with 3 tbsp of the icing sugar, or enough to sweeten as you like it.

  4. Lightly whip the cream so it’s soft and billowy, then spoon over the pavlova. Cut the reserved 450g/1lb apricots in half, discard the stones, then cut into wedges. Scatter them over the whipped cream along with the remaining pistachios. Dust with the rest of the icing sugar and serve with the apricot purée.

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12th Nov, 2016
Made this two days in a row, it puffed up in the oven and then collapsed both times, which isn't my experience with pavlovas. Not sure whats going on, but I suspect maybe the proportion cornflour is off? I made the strawberry pavlova on this website, which has 4 whites but half the cornflour mixture, and it came out perfectly, so... My suggestion would be to make the strawberry pavlova, but top it with the apricots, because that's surely delicious. :)
18th Sep, 2013
I used tinned apricots too and omitted the icing sugar in the puree. Instead I used a little of the syrup which made a lovely pouring sauce. This was so easy to make and looked great when I presented it to my guests. A firm favourite in this house.
6th Jul, 2008
This was a hit with my family even though I really cheated and used tinned apricots! I also omitted the liquer as I didn't have any and everyone loved it!
22nd Apr, 2008
If you make the pavlova roulade, there is an excellent cheat and also most useful when the apricots are out of season and expensive. Swap the apricot puree for raspberry couli it makes life so much easier
29th Feb, 2008
I have made this recipe a numerous occasions but as a roulade as was shown in the magazine in 2002 and I have also substituted the apricots for raspberries an excellent dinner party dessert.
9th Feb, 2008
took this along as my contribution to the puddings at a new year's eve party (yes fresh apricots were a little expensive). it looked amazing - i dressed it once i arrived - and lots asked for the recipe. definitely one for the binder and i have made it several times since.
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