I was asked to post the recipe for the pavlova in yesterday's blog post.
Yes, this one. And so here's a re-post of a previous blog, giving my pavlova recipe. Like everything I make, it's dead simple...
The other night, we had a bit of surprise get-together in my sister's house for my brother's wife's 40th.
Anyhoo, I was making some mini pavlovas for our surprise get-together, and even though I didn't have my camera and the camera I was using didn't have proper working batteries, I still thought I'd give you the pleasure of my poorly taken photos of the mini meringues, and if this isn't a cracker of a run-on sentence, I don't know what is.
Here are my ingredients: eggs, caster sugar, cornflour, vinegar and vanilla essence.
When the egg whites are stiff, I add the cornflour-vinegar-vanilla mix.
After this the caster sugar is added, one spoonful at a time, whilst whisking continually.
Dollop the mix onto baking paper,
and use the back of the spoon to make a well in the centre.
They are then ready to pop into the oven.
It's best to make pavlova in the evening, and when they are ready in the oven, turn off the oven, but leave the oven door closed.
Leave the pavlovas in overnight, but if you make them on a Saturday night to have for your Sunday dinner, please make sure that no one puts the oven on in the morning in preparation for the Sunday roast, before removing the pavlovas.
Why am I warning you of this?
... Yep, you guessed it. Been there, done that.
For the filling, because I'm not a great fan of cream, I mix whipping/double cream with strawberry yoghurt (or whichever flavour you prefer). If you mix yoghurt and cream in the same amount, it whisks well.
(A mixture of raspberry and peach flavoured yoghurts with the cream is lovely.)
3 egg whites
7 oz caster sugar
1 tsp cornflour
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla essence
Preheat oven to 150 C.
Mix cornfour, essence and vinegar in a cup. Set aside.
Beat egg whites until firm and fluffy. Add cornflour, essence and vinegar mixture. Add sugar slowly - tablespoonful at a time. Continue beating until mixture is stiff and shiny.
Place in the oven. After initial 15 mins, turn oven down to 75C. Leave in oven for additional 45 mins, and then turn oven off, but leave door closed for as long as possible, preferably overnight.
So, go make and let me know how it goes.