Pavlova with a hint of patriotism!
OK, I know that there are hundreds (thousands!?) of recipes for Pavlova available online or in cookery books. However, my excuse is as follows. Every four years of so, a very strange thing happens to me and I become (admittedly briefly!) interested in football. As those of you who live in countries where football (or soccer to those from other nations) is the main spectator sport will know, we are currently in the middle of the World Cup. And England is actually through to the next stage – so there is definitely a reason to celebrate!
I made this Pavlova for dessert last Sunday – we ate it at half-time – when England was playing Panama. It must have had an impact as the score was England 6: Panama 1! Although Mr Kane and his associates probably also had something to do with it?
If (horror!) you do not support England, you could consider versions in other national colours and/or designs. You can get berries in all different shades – blueberries, yellow raspberries etc. Or you could just add berries that you like or which are in season – it is a great summer dessert, with or without the patriotic decoration.
Finally, you will see that this recipe uses four egg whites. I really hate waste and, when I made Pavlova, I also make ice-cream as my standard recipe uses four egg yolks. Convenient or what? If you feel an ice-cream vibe coming on, you could check out some of the recipes on my blog – Elderflower Ice-Cream, Rhubarb Curd and Rose Ice-Cream, Mango and Lime Ice-Cream.Print
If you are looking to celebrate a sporting event, this Pavlova can be decorated in your team or country colours!
- 4 egg whites
- Pinch of salt
- 225 caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon cornflour
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 300 ml double cream
- As many strawberries (or other soft fruit such as raspberries or blueberries) as you like!
- 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 and the lemon juice 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.
- Decorate as you wish with strawberries or other berries.
I decorated my Pavlova in the English colours. However, you can use different coloured fruit and berries and designs according to which team you support. Berries you could consider are blueberries or red or yellow raspberries.
Keywords: pavlova, strawberries
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