Meringue based dessert topped with whipped cream, jelly and fresh fruits...so delicious.....
|Baked Meringue Bases, Whipped Cream and Fresh Fruits|
- Pre-heat the oven at 150ºC
- In a sufficiently big bowl take egg whites and beat until they hold firm peaks but are not stiff
- Gently add sugar, one spoon at a time while beating continuously. Make sure that all the sugar is dissolved completely and then beat further until you get snowy and shiny meringue but it is not dry. (Ensure not to over beat the meringue else egg whites loose volume and deflate when folded with other ingredients)
- Sprinkle cornflour, vinegar and vanilla essence on top and gently fold in the meringue to combine
- In the baking tray, keep the silicone baking sheet (alternatively you can use baking sheet lined with parchment paper)
- Spoon the meringue on the baking sheet and spread in approximately 4 inch diameter circles with 1 inch spacing between them. Try to make the rim little higher than the center so that it can hold whipped cream and fruits later (unfortunately, my meringues were not indented in center. You can use backside of the spoon to make indentation in center)
- Put the baking tray in the oven, reduce the temperature to 130 degrees and bake for around 50 minutes or until the surface is slightly light brown and is hard if touched
- Switch off the oven, keep the oven door slightly open and allow it to cool inside the oven itself for around 30 minutes.
- Once cooled, transfer to wire rack
- Meanwhile, peel and cut the fruits
- In a cold vessel, take whipping cream and beat it until soft peaks are formed. (Add 1 tbsp sugar while beating if whipping cream is unsweetened)
- While assembling the Pavlova, put a dollop of whipped cream on the baked meringue based and smooth it from all the sides. Place a spoonful of fruit crush and then place cut fruits on top
- Enjoy the tasty Pavlova
Tip: If you are not assembling the Pavlovas immediately, baked meringue bases can be stored in airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days