We have guests for dinner tonight, so both hubbie and I have been busy in the kitchen. Hubbie is in charge of main course, and I’m in charge of dessert, so I whipped up one of my favourites, which always goes down well: a pavlova.
This creamy, meringue dessert (which was apparently made in honour of the Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, in the 1920’s) can be made with various types of fruit but I prefer it with raspberries. And since we have both fresh eggs, from our hens, and fresh raspberries in the veggie garden . . . I literally had most of the ingredients to hand ^^
You can find recipes on the internet for this delicious, and very easy dessert. I used the recipe I inherited from my Mum which was ripped out of a magazine in the 1970s.
If you fancy making one here are the ingredients.
For the meringue base you will need: 3 large egg white, 150g sugar, 2 teaspoons of cornflour and half a teaspoon of white vinegar. I didn’t have any white vinegar, so I used rice vinegar instead which works just as well.
For the creamy filling: 300ml of whipping cream, 350g of fruit and 1 tablespoon of sugar.
For the meringue – you whip up egg white until stiff, then whisk in sugar, cornflour and vinegar (in that order). Trace a circle (with a plate) on a piece of greaseproof paper and brush lightly with oil. Spread half the mixture on the greaseproof paper, to make a base. Then use a piping bag and nozzle to build up the wall of your “nest”. I don’t have a piping bag so I just use a plastic freezer bag, cutting off a small corner for my “nozzle”.
The uncooked base will look something like this. Bake for 1 hour (275°F/ 140°C).
It will take on a lovely pinkish/beige colour as it cooks. Leave to cool down before removing greaseproof paper.
For the filling: Whip cream. Crush your fruit (keeping the prettiest to one side for decoration) , with a spoonful of sugar and gently incorporate into the whipped cream. Pour into the meringue case, and decorate with remaining fruit.