Strawberry Pavlova

Easy Strawberry Pavlova

Strawberry Pavlova is an easy, make-ahead, show-stopping dessert recipe. It tastes delicious with the classic combination of strawberries, cream and meringue. With its crisp meringue, billows of whipped cream and juicy strawberries, it also looks beautiful and makes a great centrepiece for a buffet or celebration meal. It is best eaten soon after it has been assembled but you can keep any left over pieces in the fridge for up to a couple of days.

Strawberry Pavlova

What you need to know about Strawberry Pavlova

  • Adding the cornflour and lemon juice helps to stabilise the meringue and ensure that your pavlova is crisp on the outside and slightly soft on the inside.
  • You can make your pavlova any shape you like. Just spoon the meringue mixture into your desired shape. I generally make mine either round or oval but have occasionally made one heart-shaped.
  • It is important to cook the pavlova and a very low heat. Check towards the end of the cooking time to make sure that it is not starting to turn light brown which is a sign that it is over-cooked. Once the pavlova has finished cooking, open the oven door and leave it to cool in the oven. This should prevent cracking.
  • It is important to allow your pavlova to cool completely before adding the cream and strawberries. I generally make mine the day before I serve them. They keep very well at room temperature if covered in cling-film or foil.
  • You should add the cream and strawberries just before you are ready to serve the pavlova. If you add them a long time in advance, they will make the meringue soggy.
  • It is possible to get sweet and full-flavoured strawberries. However, sometimes they do not taste so good. If you have some flavourless strawberries, cut them in half and put in a bowl with a sprinkling of caster sugar and leave for about an hour before spooning them on to the pavlova.

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What to do with the left-over egg yolks

This recipe uses four egg whites.  When I make pavlova, I generally also make ice cream which uses the corresponding number of egg yolks. I have a lot of delicious and simple ice cream recipes listed in my Recipe Index if you would also like to do this. Some of my favourites are Strawberry Balsamic Ice-cream, Elderflower Ice-cream, Lavender Ice-cream, Rose Ice-cream and Lemon Curd Ice Cream.

Strawberry Pavlova
Other meringue recipes

I love meringues and pavlovas and make a lot of them all year around. Here are some my other favourites.

  • Meringues – basic meringues sandwiched with whipped cream.
  • Rose Meringues – similar to basic meringues but flavoured with rosewater
  • Lemon Pavlova – easy pavlova topped with lemon curd and whipped cream
  • Cranberry Pavlova – a winter pavlova topped with home-made cranberry sauce!
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Strawberry Pavlova

Strawberry Pavlova

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: for 6 people 1x
  • Category: Meringue
  • Cuisine: English

Description

This simple Strawberry Pavlova is the perfect make-ahead, show-stopping dessert.  It consists of crisp meringue topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.


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Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • Pinch of salt
  • 225 (8 oz) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 300 ml (10 fluid oz) double cream
  • As many strawberries as you like

Instructions

  1. Set your oven to 140 C/275 F/Gas Mark 1.
  2. Whisk the egg whites with salt until they form stiff peaks.
  3. Add two tablespoons of sugar and continue to whisk until combined and the mixture is thick and glossy.
  4. Fold the rest of the sugar, the cornflour and the lemon juice into the whisked egg whites.
  5. Cover a baking sheet with baking parchment or silicon paper.
  6. Spoon the egg white mixture onto the baking sheet to form a large circle or oval.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 1 hour until the exterior of the meringue is hard to the touch.
  8. Allow to cool.
  9. When ready to serve, whisk the double cream until it forms soft peaks and then spread it on top of the meringue base.
  10. Decorate as you wish with strawberries or other berries.

Keywords: pavlova, strawberries

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Rose and Raspberry Pavlova

Rose Pavlova, Raspberry Pavlova, Rose Meringue
Pretty in pink – Rose and Raspberry Pavlova

Rose and Raspberry Pavlova

Get in touch with your girly side with this pretty-in-pink Raspberry Pavlova.   Sometimes, even the least girly of us (and I include myself in that description) feel  a need to embrace pink.  If you feel a girly mood coming on, this Raspberry Pavlova, with delicate pink rose-flavoured meringue could be the answer!

Raspberry and rose is a classic flavour combination.  In this Pavlova, the meringue is flavoured with rosewater and topped with whipped cream and fresh raspberries.   The slightly sharp flavour of the raspberries is an excellent contrast with the sweetly floral meringue.

Pavlova is my go-to dessert for celebrations of all kinds.  It is very easy to make, can be prepared in advance,  looks impressive and is not too heavy so is perfect as a summer dessert.    If you like the recipe for this Raspberry Pavlova, you may also like my classic Pavlova , my Rose Meringues and my classic Meringues.

If you are making any of my meringue-based recipes, you might also check out my ice-cream recipes such as Lavender Ice-creamThyme Ice-cream with Honey and Mascarpone  or  Elderflower Ice-cream. You need four egg whites for this recipe which means you will have four spare egg yolks.  As I hate waste, I pretty much always make some form of ice-cream when I make any type of meringue.  Very conveniently, all my ice-cream recipes require four egg yolks.

Rose and Raspberry Pavlova

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Raspberry Pavlova, Rose Pavlova

Raspberry and Rose Pavlova

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: for 6 people 1x
  • Category: Meringues
  • Cuisine: English

Description

Pretty and pink, this Raspberry Pavlova, has a wonderful rose-flavoured meringue base topped with whipped cream and fresh raspberries.


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Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • Pinch of salt
  • 225 caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon culinary rosewater
  • A few drops of red food colouring (optional)
  • 300 ml double cream
  • As many raspberries as you like!
Rose Pavlova
Rose Pavlova – pink meringue base

Instructions

  • Set your oven to 140 C/275 F/Gas Mark 1.
  • Whisk the egg whites with salt until they form stiff peaks.
  • Add two tablespoons of sugar and continue to whisk until combined and the mixture is thick and glossy.
  • Fold the rest of the sugar, the cornflour, the lemon juice, the rosewater and the food colouring (if using) into the whisked egg whites.
  • Cover a baking sheet with baking parchment or silicon paper.
  • Spoon the egg white mixture onto the baking sheet to form a large circle or oval.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 1 hour until the exterior of the meringue is hard to the touch.
  • Allow to cool.
  • When ready to serve, whisk the double cream until it forms soft peaks and then spread it on top of the meringue base.   Arrange the raspberries on top.
Rose Pavlova
Rose Pavlova – ready for raspberries!

Notes

  • If you want the Pavlova to be pink, you will need to add a little red food colouring.   This is optional – if it is not pink, it will still taste the same!

Keywords: pavlova, raspberries

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Rose meringues
Rose meringues

Rose Meringues

I would not say that I am a particulary girly person.  However, sometimes, the mood hits me to make something pretty and pink and Rose Meringues is my go-to recipe.

These lovely rose flavoured meringues are a delicate shell pink.  They are crisp on the outside and gooey inside and I like to serve them sandwiched together with billowing whipped cream.  I think Rose Meringues go particularly well with raspberries, which have a strong slightly tart flavour that complements their sugary floral taste.  Dark pink raspberries also look pretty with the pale pink meringues.  If you have a few rose petals to strew around on the plate, so much the better!

My meringue recipe needs four egg whites and my basic ice-cream recipe needs four egg yolks.  Therefore, as I hate waste, when I make meringues I generally make ice-cream too.   If you are making these meringues and want to make ice-cream too (and why not, frankly?), there are lots of lovely home-made ice-cream recipes that you could try such as Elderflower Ice-creamRhubarb Curd and Rose Ice-cream or Mango and Lime Ice-cream.

 

Rose meringues

Rose meringues

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Rose flavoured meringues

Rose Meringues

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 24 medium sized meringues 1x
  • Category: Meringues
  • Cuisine: English

Description

These pretty pink meringues are flavoured with rose and accompanied by fresh raspberries and whipped cream.


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Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons rosewater
  • A little pink food colouring (optional)
  • 225 g caster sugar

Instructions

  1. Set the oven to 140 C/275F or Gas Mark 1.
  2. Cover two baking sheets with baking parchment. Spread a very thin film of flavourless oil, such as rapeseed oil, on the baking parchment (the best way is to rub it over the parchment with your fingers and then remove the excess with a piece of kitchen towel).
  3. Whisk the egg whites with the salt until they form soft peaks.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of the sugar, 2 teaspoons of rosewater and a little food colouring (if using)  to the egg whites and whisk again until very stiff and shiny.
  5. Fold in the rest of the sugar.
  6. Spoon the mixture onto the baking parchment.  You can make your meringues small, medium or large depending on the size spoon you use – teaspoon, dessert spoon or tablespoon.
  7. Place the baking tray in the oven and bake until they are hard on the outside but still gooey in the middle.  This will take between an hour and an hour and a half.
Rose flavoured meringues
Rose meringues

Keywords: meringue, rose

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Swiss Meringues
Crisp and sweet!

Meringues

I am sure that there are  recipes for meringues in hundreds of cookery books and blogs.  However, I’m posting this one, for convenience, as an accompaniment to my recipe for Elderflower Ice-cream.  The ice-cream recipe needs four egg yolks and the meringue recipe needs four egg whites.  Therefore, when I make ice-cream, I generally make meringues too.  They keep for around a week in a tin so you don’t need to gorge on both ice-cream and meringues at the same time (although admittedly that is what sometimes happens in my house..)

We generally eat meringues sandwiched together with unsweetened whipped cream and accompanied by a few berries – strawberries, blueberries or, my favourite, raspberries.   The home-made version, crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside, is so much better than dry and powdery ready-made!

Swiss Meringues
Just out of the oven!

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Swiss meringues

Meringues

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 90
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 24 medium sized meringues 1x
  • Category: Meringues
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: English

Description

Crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside, these delicious home-made Meringues are the ultimate light summer dessert.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • Pinch of salt
  • 225 g caster sugar

Instructions

  1. Set the oven to 140 C/275F or Gas Mark 1.
  2. Cover two baking sheets with baking parchment. Spread a very thin film of flavourless oil, such as rapeseed oil, on the baking parchment (the best way is to rub it over the parchment with your fingers and then remove the excess with a piece of kitchen towel).
  3. Whisk the egg whites with the salt until they form soft peaks.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of the sugar to the egg whites and whisk again until very stiff and shiny.
  5. Fold in the rest of the sugar.
  6. Spoon the mixture onto the baking parchment.  You can make your meringues small, medium or large depending on the size spoon you use – teaspoon, dessert spoon or tablespoon.
  7. Place the baking tray in the oven and bake until they are hard on the outside but still gooey in the middle.  This will take between an hour and an hour and a half.
  8. Remove the meringues from the oven and place on a cooling rack.

Keywords: meringues

Swiss Meringues
Out of the oven and cooling off!

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