Pavlova....the best dessert on the planet
I love pavlova (a meringue based dessert) and so does my family. To me it is the PERFECT summer Christmas dessert. And for this reason I made it tonight for a mini Christmas dinner (as my son and his girlfriend won't be with us on Christmas Day). I have attached a link to the recipe: Pavlova recipe - it is easy to make, but remember don't store the pavlova in the fridge once cooked as it can make it soggy. The pavlova should be crispy on the outside and marshmallow in the middle.
The two pictures below are after I have mixed the ingredients and created the meringue - it should be very glossy and have these lovely peaks.
One of the best parts of making the pavlova is licking the beaters once I have finished, I only ever make it when I am home alone so I get to lick both beaters - just delicious :-)!!!
Once it is cold it is ready to eat - I tend to make the pavlova the day before but not add the cream until we are ready to eat. It will crack, but that is fine - once the whipped cream is added it is all covered up. PS Don't open the oven whilst it is cooking, in fact contrary to this recipe I turn off the oven and leave the Pavlova in the oven all night - it does stop it from sinking.
I must point out that the picture below is not the one I made tonight - I wasn't quick enough with the camera and I only have 1/4 left. Tonight I covered the pavlova in whipped cream, heaps of strawberries, passion fruit and violet crumble. but you can cover it in anything you like g kiwi fruit, raspberries, peaches, banana etc....
Pavlova was made in honour of the famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova (1885-1931), when she toured Australia and New Zealand dessert in the 1920's