I’m making a cookook for my Boyfriend or Best Friend when he moves away in August and am adding a bunch of recipes we have cooked/ enjoyed together.
Our first date was Australia Day (Jan 26th) and I had cooked a Pavlova which we had for dessert after we went out for dinner.
Here’s the recipe…
Ingredients (serves 10)
6 egg whites, at room temperature
315g (1 1/2 cups) caster sugar
3 tsp cornflour
2 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla essence
375ml (1 1/2 cups) thickened cream
2 mangoes, cheeks removed, peeled, cut into thin wedges
1 banana, peeled, thinly sliced
4 passionfruit, halved
Preheat oven to 150°C. Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Draw a 20cm disc on the paper and turn the paper ink-side down.
Use an electric beater to beat the egg white in a clean, dry bowl until firm peaks form. Gradually add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating constantly, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is thick and glossy. Beat in the cornflour, vinegar and vanilla essence.
Spoon the meringue mixture onto the disc and use a flat-bladed knife to shape the meringue and make furrows. Bake in oven for 10 minutes.
Reduce oven temperature to 110°C. Bake for a further 1 hour or until the meringue is crisp and dry. Turn oven off. Leave meringue in oven, with the door closed, to cool completely.
Use a balloon whisk to whisk the cream in a bowl until firm peaks form. Spread the cream over the top of the pavlova. Top with mango and banana. Drizzle over passionfruit pulp.
Overbeaten egg white: Overbeating egg white breaks down the structure and the meringue is likely to collapse during baking. Beat until firm peaks form, then start adding sugar. If the egg white starts to separate or looks curdled, it&rsquo;s overbeaten and you’ll need to start again with fresh egg whites.