Pavlova…perhaps the dessert mostly associated with summer! It’s light and airy texture; paired with a fresh, seasonal fruit topping; makes this the perfect summer indulgence. It has been a popular Summer dessert for a long time, and over the years people have incorporated many different flavours and fillings, although, around here, most people tend to stick to whipped cream and fresh fruit.
- 4 egg whites (retain yolks for filling)
- 2ml salt
- 100gr sugar
- 100gr Castor sugar
- 5ml corn flour (maizena)
- 2ml vinegar OR lemon juice
- 4 egg yolks
- 50gr Castor sugar
- 50ml lemon juice
- 12,5 ml finely grated lemon rind ( I did without this and it turned out fine)
- 190ml fresh cream, whipped
Trace a 20cm diameter circle on a piece of greaseproof paper. Place paper on a baking tray. Set aside.
Place egg-whites in a clean grease free bowl (preferably stainless steel). Add salt and beat until stiff. Gradually add sugar a little bit at a time. Beat well until dissolved. Fold in Castor sugar and cornflour using a metal spoon. Fold in vinegar ( I continued using my stand mixer on low speed).
Spread a thick layer within the drawn circle. Place remaining meringue in a piping bag. Pipe around outer edges to form sides of the case. Bake at 110 deg Celsius for abut 1 1/2 to 2 hrs or until meringue is crisp and lightly browned. Turn off oven and leave to cool with door open.
Whisk egg yolks until frothy. Gradually add sugar, beating well after each addition. Add lemon juice and rind. Place mixture in a saucepan over simmering water. Stir over heat until mixture thickens; approximately 10 min. Remove from heat, leave to cool. Lastly, fold in whipped cream.
Spoon filling into meringue case. Decorate with rosettes of cream and a slice of lemon peel.
- As pretty as the case looks, I would rather make it flatter next time with a slight dip in the centre. I found the meringue of the outer case a bit too sweet without the pairing of the zesty filling.
- I think I baked mine slightly too long as the base of one half was a bit too crisp. I won’t go beyond 1 1/2 hrs in my oven, however this will vary from oven to oven. I will instead use the guideline in step 3 and turn the heat off once shell is crisp and slightly brown.
- I will NOT decorate with fruit! The instruction did not include a fruit topping and I didn’t listen!! I found that it drowned out the flavour of the lemon filling, which was a pity, because the beauty of this Pavlova is it’s filling.
- I absolutely loved the filling! I would even make it as a mousse on it’s own. I am already imagining substituting the lemon juice with other flavours for a unique Pavlova each and every time! Mango puree and Berry puree is on the top of my list!
- Because of the long baking time and cooling process, I made the meringue case and filling the day before I needed it. I stored the meringue in an airtight container, and filling in the fridge; and I assembled it on the day!