Mini Pavlovas

Posted on: January 28th, 2012 by admin 2 Comments

January 26th was Australia day, we celebrated this year with a delicious Aussie favourite – Pavlova.  It’s long debated origins are constantly discussed, but regardless of whether it was Australia or New Zealand, pavlova is delicious.

We made mini ones, quick and easy.  Basically pav’s are big meringues topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit.  Like a not so messy Eton mess.  The combination of these three things is something wonderful.  Crisp sweetness, with a chewy meringue centre, whipped cream and tangy fruits.  Needless to say after being photographed there was nothing left on the plate 60 seconds later.

  • Makes 4 – 6 mini pavlovas
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
  • a pinch of cream of tartar (it’s not totally necessary though)
  • 300ml cream, whipped
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 1/2 punnet (125g) fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 punnet (125g) fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 2 passionfruit, pulped
  • (You can use almost any fruit you prefer – as you can see we only had blueberries, but passionfruit pulp and strawberries are traditional and very awesome).

Preheat oven to 150°C (300ºF).  Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Place egg whites into a clean bowl. Beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add caster sugar, beating well between each addition. Beat until mixture is thick and glossy this will take at least 5 minutes.

Spoon heaped tablespoonfuls of meringue onto baking trays. Flatten meringues into discs. Bake for 20 minutes then turn the oven off and let them cool completely in there, you can crack the oven door after another 20 minutes or so.

When they’re cool, top the meringues with cream and decorate with fruit. Serve immediately.

Song for this recipe:

“I should be so lucky” – Kylie Minogue I Should Be So Lucky - Kylie Minogue

She’s been around so long now you can’t help but love her.  Kylie Minogue is one of Australia’s biggest pop stars of all time – pretty sure everyone knows that.  Anyway when I feel nostalgic I like to listed to her.  Plus it’s especially patriotic this week.  Some of her songs are so silly, but all of them are danceable, so crank up any of her dozen albums and enjoy.

Happy Australia day.

If you’d like to make a chocolate pavlova, we have an awesome recipe here.  Or another Aussie favourite, Anzac biscuits.

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2 Responses

  1. Emma says:

    Nice! Such pretty photos too.

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