making raspberry pavlova

March 14, 2010 at 11:00 am 8 comments

Pavlova pizza might be a more apt name for my first attempt at meringue making!
Not a peak in sight, just a perfectly flat base.  At least it was shiny and crack-free so I did get something right.  But what went wrong?  When you’ve never whipped up egg whites in to ‘stiff ‘peaks before it’s easy to think you’re whipping up a mountain only to discover you’re adding sugar to a mole hill.  And once you realise the error of your ways it’s near impossible to save it.  Even if you continue to whisk beyond the limits of your achy arms and the smell of an overheated motor in your hand blender!

Appearances aside having a flat meringue suited my slap-it-on method of  assembling puds.  A generous slathering of whipped cream and a scattering of fruit toppings (frozen allotment raspberries, passion fruit seeds and kiwi slices) soon restored the stature that my pavlova had been lacking.  To be honest I didn’t really mind what it looked like – it tasted delicious and not a crumb was left on anyone’s plate, despite the hearty Christmas dinner that pre-ceeded it.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. miss m  |  March 14, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Looks flat-out delicious ! (pun intended :P)

    (Happy mum’s day in your parts ! xx)

  • 2. Johanna GGG  |  March 15, 2010 at 2:43 am

    with all that wonderful fruit you can’t go wrong – I am not much of a pav baker but my mum makes it all the time and often gives me tips that I now wish I could remember – all I can tell you is that it is worth practicing because when you can make a pav, it is an easy path to delicious dessert

  • 3. Nip it in the bud  |  March 16, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Miss M – thanks, same to you :o) (ps. puns always welcomed)

    Johanna – will definitely be making it again if only so I can post the recipe/quantities (which I’d forgotten since making it in December!). It’d be a good excuse for inviting friends round – G loves Pavlova too much to let him lose on a family size one when it’s just us two!

  • 4. Sophie  |  March 17, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Waw,…what a stunning & colourful dessert!!


  • 5. mangocheeks  |  March 17, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    It looks lovely. Soft and lush and those lovely red juices.

    You’ve reminded me to take a look into my little freezer too: I’m sure I have some raspberies too, and maybe even some blackcurrants.

  • 6. Nip it in the bud  |  March 18, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Sophie – lovely of you to stop by, especially with such kind compliments!

    MC – get rummaging through your ice-box – hope you find some hidden treasures

  • 7. allotofveg  |  March 19, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Oh yum!

  • 8. maria  |  March 21, 2010 at 9:04 pm



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