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Summer Berry Pavlova

Although a Pavlova is fabulous at any time of the year, it is a particular favourite of ours paired with summer berries. They are not difficult to make, providing you follow a few simple rules, and they really do make a stunning and delicious dessert.

I was taught to make Pavlova and Meringues as a child, and to this day I still follow exactly the same method I was shown back then, and am now teaching to my kids. For meringues I simply use egg whites and caster sugar in a weighed ratio of 1:2, but when I make a Pavlova I also include a little cornflour, white wine vinegar and vanilla extract, which allegedly stabilises the mix, and reduces the risk of it collapsing.

 

Although a Pavlova is fabulous at any time of the year, it is a particular favourite of ours paired with summer berries. They are not difficult to make, providing you follow a few simple rules, and they really do make a stunning and delicious dessert. 

 

To start, I always wash my bowl and whisk attachment in hot soapy water and dry them. This is the only time I ever rewash something that is already clean, but I was taught that any traces of grease could cause the Pavlova to fail, and have never been tempted to challenge it! I was also taught to use older eggs for any meringue, and to make sure they are at room temperature, cracking them one at a time into a bowl to separate the whites from the yolk, discarding any of them where the yolk breaks (as that introduces fat into the whites).

 

Pavlova, although fabulous at any time of the year, is a particular favourite of ours paired with summer berries. It is not difficult to make, providing you follow a few simple rules, and they really do make a stunning and delicious dessert.

We made a two layer Pavlova, and we used 200g egg whites (which was 6 eggs), 400g caster sugar, 2 teaspoons cornflour, 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. We beat the egg whites until they were so stiff that we could hold the bowl over our head without them falling out, and then beat in the sugar, a dessert spoon at a time, until it was all incorporated, and the mix was thick and glossy (this takes about 15 minutes). You are aiming for the sugar to dissolve into the egg white, and for the mixture to feel smooth rather than grainy between your finger and thumb (I had given up trying to take photos by this stage as we were all getting sticky!) Whisk in the cornflour, vinegar and extract and spoon onto baking parchment in two circles, then pop into your oven set on it's coolest setting and bake for 2 hours. Essentially you are drying the meringue, rather than cooking it - you want it to come out a beautiful, snowy white. Pavlovas should be crisp on the outside, but still soft on the inside. I carefully peel mine off the baking parchment when I take it out, and check the bottom - if it is still very soft I'll pop it back in the oven for another half hour.

 

Pavlova, although fabulous at any time of the year, is a particular favourite of ours paired with summer berries. It is not difficult to make, providing you follow a few simple rules, and they really do make a stunning and delicious dessert.

Store in an air-tight container if not serving straight away - once you are ready to serve, fill, and pile high with whipped cream and any topping you fancy!

 

Follow our recipe and tips to make a show stopping pavlova - this fabulous dessert looks and tastes amazing

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24 Comments

  • Reply Sarah Jean

    I admit I’ve never heard of a PAVLOVA but it looks amazing!!

    September 2, 2016 at 2:57 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Oh they really are delicious Sarah, although probably not the healthiest of desserts – definitely something you should try at least once, if you get a chance 🙂

      September 12, 2016 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply SocialTech360

    I make this time and time again it’s my dream desert it’s a first class show stopper, 10 out of 10 from me 😉
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    August 24, 2016 at 6:26 pm
  • Reply Lisa Jane

    Oh this looks seriously amazing! An instagram shot for sure!
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    August 24, 2016 at 11:23 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It did find it’s way on to Instagram – felt like a proper blogger, making my guests wait while I took a couple of photos before they were allowed to eat it!

      August 25, 2016 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Yvonne

    Looks amazing and I bet tasted fantastic! I have never tried to make Meringues, I have always been nervous it wouldn’t work out. Loving your tips about washing the bowl etc, I will need to bare that in mind if I try it out. I may have to do it one day, there is just something extra yummy about home made ones! X
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    August 23, 2016 at 7:58 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I hope you do try and make one Yvonne, it’s really not hard and they do taste amazing 🙂

      August 25, 2016 at 4:17 pm
  • Reply Linda at Mixed Kreations

    I have never heard of Pavlova, but I do remember my mother making meringue and talking about how it has to be just right. When it comes to cooking and something has to be just right I find I’m not to good at it. Guess it’s the impatience in me Lol. It’s sure looks yummy and almost to pretty to eat!

    August 22, 2016 at 11:34 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Linda, we make quite a lot of meringues as we keep chickens so often have a glut of eggs. Do consider making one, I bet it’d turn out fabulous 🙂

      August 25, 2016 at 4:17 pm
  • Reply Lyndsey O'Halloran

    Oh this looks amazing! Like Tara I always thought this would be something really complicated to make. Nice to know it’s not.
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    August 22, 2016 at 7:31 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      They really aren’t difficult Lyndsey, let me know how you get on if you make one 🙂

      August 25, 2016 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply Tara

    This looks beautiful, and I’m sure my kids would love it, too. I’ve always thought pavlova would be very complicated to make, but this sound like something I could do. Definitely trying it soon!

    August 21, 2016 at 11:50 pm
  • Reply Jordanne | Thelifeofaglasgowgirl

    I’ve only had one pavlova before at a restaurant & it tasted amazing!!! I just loved it, so looking at this one has made me crave a lovely refreshing fruit pavlova. It looks delicious. I’d really like to have a go at making one.

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    August 21, 2016 at 7:32 pm
  • Reply Toni | Gym Bunny Mummy

    This looks amazing! I’m not a massive fab of meringue but this is tempting
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    August 21, 2016 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Ilka

    I have never made a Pavlova before, but I always wanted to give it a try. Love your recipe. It really is one of the most beautiful cakes!
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    August 20, 2016 at 12:51 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      They always look wonderful, and are a delicious treat – we made this one as we had friends over for Sunday lunch 🙂

      August 21, 2016 at 11:17 pm
  • Reply Kellie

    Almost too lovely to eat. Can a flour besides corn flour be used, like a rice flour? Do you think it might work?
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    August 19, 2016 at 4:53 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I think rice flour would work, or you could just leave it out – I’ve seen recipes that don’t include any flour, and others that suggest using cream of tartar instead which would be another alternative you could try 🙂

      August 21, 2016 at 11:12 pm
  • Reply Brianna

    I have always wanted to make one of these. I have made meringue cookies but never a pavlova. I may just have to give it a whirl this weekend.

    August 19, 2016 at 2:08 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Let me know what you think if you try it Brianna, they really are delicious 🙂

      August 21, 2016 at 11:08 pm

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