Pavlova

17 Feb

Ah Pavlova, how I love thee.  For those of you not familiar with it- pavlova is like a giant meringue with whipped cream and fruit on top- whose origin is debated between Australia and New Zealand.  But according to wikipedia- which of course we take as fact- “The nationality of its creator has been a source of argument between the two nations for many years, but formal research indicates New Zealand as the more probable source.”  So, ha!  This recipe comes from NZ, where I studied abroad.  I have thought about making it ever since my return- about 8 years now- but getting a shiny new KitchenAid mixer (thanks Debby and Henry!) made it all happen.  Some manage fine w. a hand mixer- but I always had trouble w. egg whites with my shitty one- works much better if yours has a whisk attachment.  American recipes i’ve seen use way more eggs and cream of tartar as an agent.  While I am sure that would work- I decided to stick with the NZ recipe.  Caster sugar is a more finely ground sugar- I think 10 times finer than granulated- don’t substitute confectioner! which is like 100 times more fine.  To make my own caster sugar- I just put granulated in the food processor and pulsed for about 10 seconds.  If you don’t have a food processor- I am guessing that you can get away with granulated.  Now, for some reason I don’t really understand- you are supposed to allow this to cool completely in the oven- this keeps it crisp?  A little annoying- because I couldn’t open the door to see if it all caved in.  The back-up plan was going to be Ina’s Eton Mess recipe- so then u just crush up the meringue- and put it in a glass- layered w. strawberries and whipped cream- a tasty back up if I ever heard one- so I wasn’t  too worried.  Was going to top w. Balsamic strawberries but couldn’t find any strawbs. According to JP (who’s Australian) passion fruit is the best way to go.

2 Egg Whites
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon cornflour (i take this to be cornstarch)
4 tablespoons boiling water (1/4 cup)

Line a baking sheet w. parchment paper.  Use a plate or some such to trace an 11 inch cirlce (i’d probably go smaller next time- 9 or 10 inches).  Place all ingredients in a bowl of an electric mixer.  Beat on high speed until very stiff (about 15 mins- less than 10 min if using a kitchenaid).  Spread onto baking sheet within the circle. Bake in a moderate over (350 degrees) for 10 minutes, reduce heat to 225 and bake a further 45 mins.  Cool in oven (a couple hours).

Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy cream
dash of Vanilla extract

Beat on high- only take a few minutes.  Usually add confectioner sugar- but left it out this time- Pavlova is sweet enough already.

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2 Responses to “Pavlova”

  1. Phil February 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    soooo good!

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  1. Babotie + Oranges & Cinnamon | Snacko Backo - April 15, 2014

    […] When I studied abroad in New Zealand in college, I took a cooking class that was 5 continents in 5 weeks. That was about a decade ago (yikes) but this dish is one that i’ve remade many times through years. the best way to describe this dish- is like South African meatloaf. it packed with flavor and spices and the sweet of raisin- it’s everything i like in dish. the best part too- it’s a quick and easy weeknight dinner. Sauté onion, add meat, add spice- and you’re pretty much there! In addition to ground beef- you can- and i think i have- made this with lamb. The other dish- I love from that NZ class is good ol’ pavlova. […]

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