My Sweet Pavlova

My Sweet Pavlova

Sundays
with Chef Peter….

Good
day dahlings, hope you all had a fabulous week!
Another
interesting and wonderful week with President Barack Obama being elected to a second term and
if you were lucky enough as I was to be in Bangkok on Friday then you would
have seen the fabulous Royal Barge Procession along the Chao Phraya River, 52
ornate barges with over 2,000 oarsmen, spectacular!

Thank
you for the comments on the meringues last week, it’s interesting to hear what
works for you and dahlings it seems Kuala Lumpur is in need of a good meringue
shop!
With some friends this week, we got on to the subject of the meringue
and one declared she loves Pavlova and why hadn’t I covered that too, I said already…. it
was another story dahling!
Better
idea she said, make one for dessert that evening as I was staying for dinner,
you see dahlings, the trouble you get into when people know you can cook! Her reason
for loving Pavlova over my meringue was the combination of the crisp crust and
soft, light center. I myself have mixed feelings about this dessert and is not
really anywhere up there on my list of favourites. When I worked at the Savoy we used
to make a lot of them for buffets and banquets and unless doing them individually, they
tended to get messy and less attractive once the first slice was taken and
especially if the commis chef had left the Pavlova in the oven too long!
Anyway
dahlings at least New Zealand has one famous dessert (though some Australians
disagree) as this is where it originates from being created for the dancer Anna
Pavlova by a chef while she was on her world tour, how fab!
Very
simple to make, all you need is 4 egg whites, 225 grams of castor sugar, 2
teaspoons of white vinegar and 2 teaspoons of cornflour. Before
you start your meringue pr-heat the oven to 160 ̊c and prepare your tray with
non-stick baking paper and an outline of the shape of your Pavlova.
No
Kitchen Aid today but a good hand blender with a whisk attachment which works
fine (imagine what it must have been like when all this whisking had to be done
by hand :-/).
Like
with meringue, start to whisk the egg whites till they are snowy and then start
to add the sugar slowly, when you have added all your sugar give the meringue a
good whisk till nice and stiff (5 minutes or so). Put the speed down to slow
and add the vinegar and cornflour and give it a good whisk till all combined.
Spoon or pipe your meringue on to the paper so you have a good thick layer (4-5
cm). Pop your meringue in the oven turn the heat down to 120 ̊c and cook for 1
and a half hours turning your tray if necessary to get an even colour.

After
this I normally turn off the oven and leave it there till I am ready to
assemble the dessert, best just before serving but can also be in advance (you
may just lose some of the crisp).
I
whip some cream with a little sugar to make a Chantilly and I layer my meringue
with the cream to make a sort of cake but you can just put the cream on top the
meringue if you want to keep it simple and top really with any fruits you like.
This time I had some mixed frozen berries so I just added some sugar and cooked
them in a double boiler for an hour to make compote, chilled and served on the
side.

Since
this day, out of interest, I was looking on the internet for other Pavlova recipes and there are
really so many with different ways and variations to the recipe but the main
thing with the Pavlova is the addition of vinegar and cornflour which gives the
Pavlova it’s texture and I have always used my recipe which has never failed
me. Here it is to re-cap…
4
Egg Whites (140 grams)
225
grams Castor Sugar
2
Teaspoons white distilled vinegar
2
Teaspoons Cornflour
If
it’s a lovely sunny day where you are this Sunday, there you go, something to
treat your family with, happy baking dahlings!
See
you next week…….
Peter

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10 Comments

  1. looks like the perfect pavlova! yes, you've gotta come to KL sometime and make this for all of us! 😀

  2. Thanks for a lovely post on a good AUSTRALIAN dessert! Heavens, do remember where I'm from! xox

  3. Tried once, my KIWI SIL made a long, long time ago…too sweet for my liking. Never bothered having it again since.

    • Suituapui,
      Normally Pavlova is not soooo sweet…
      Don't put any sugar in the cream and it will help and eat with the berry compote, that will balance it for you….
      🙂

  4. I love pavlova – even though I never really had the chance of making it myself here. It's something like a sweet temptation that I can only have once in a while.

    By the way, I agree with Sean. =)

  5. Great pictures which show the processs of making the cake. Love the boat.

    Greetings,
    Filip

    • Why thank you Filip and Kristel…
      The barges are fabulous arn't they.
      The procession is really something to see.

      Have a great week…

      Peter

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