Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Raspberry Swirl Pavlova with Summer Fruits

Raspberry Swirl Pavlova with Summer Fruits
You know what's strange? I love eating pavlova, it is one of my favourite summer treats but somehow I have never made it before. In all the years of baking, all the cakes and macarons and cupcakes, I have yet to make my own pavlova. So when I was asked to make one for an upcoming BBQ, I actually got nervous. What fruits should I choose? What if I completely stuffed up the meringue? Should I do anything to mix it up a bit or should I not mess with a classic?
Raspberry Swirl Pavlova with Summer Fruits
In the end I didn't add too much to it, I swirled a delicious raspberry sauce into the cream, which was a whipped mix of regular cream and mascarpone. Berries and mangoes are super cheap and in season here in Australia, so I went a little nuts with those. I know its not summer just yet but this just feels so summery. By the way, the pav shown in the photos is a mini version, the recipe below actually makes a full size pavlova. Obviously I couldn't prepare and photograph the pavlova the day before the BBQ so I made an extra mini one to practice. The full-sized one that I served up actually looked even better because it was piled super high with so much fruit and the raspberry sauce was swirled better. I wish I could have photographed it! Oh well, it went down really well and everyone was a big fan of the raspberry swirled cream. I think it added something a little special.
Raspberry Swirl Pavlova with Summer Fruits
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Raspberry Swirl Pavlova with Summer Fruits
Raspberry Swirl Pavlova with Summer Fruits
(meringue recipe from Gourmet Traveller, serves 8)
For the meringue:
4 eggwhites, at room temperature (even better if aged i.e. separated and stored in the fridge overnight, or even frozen and defrosted)
A pinch of salt
240g (about 1 & 1/3 cups) caster (superfine) sugar
1 tbsp cornflour
1 tsp white vinegar
1 vanilla bean, scraped seeds only
For dusting: melted butter or vegetable oil + extra cornflour
  1. Preheat oven to 100°C. Line a large baking tray with baking paper, brush with butter/oil and dust with cornflour.
  2. Whisk eggwhites and a pinch of salt in the bowl of an electric mixer until soft peaks form. With motor running, add sugar, a tablespoon at a time, whisking until sugar dissolves (5-10 minutes, you can check it by pinching a small amount of mixture between your fingers). 
  3. Fold in cornflour, vinegar and vanilla seeds, then pile mixture into a 20cm-diameter circle on oven tray, gently smoothing top and making a slight indentation. 
  4. Bake in centre of oven until crisp but not coloured (1-1¼ hours). Turn off oven and leave to cool completely with door ajar. Meringue will keep in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
For the raspberry sauce:
150g (125oz) raspberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch) + 2 tsp cold water
  1. Place raspberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan and place on medium heat. Stir over heat until sugar dissolves. 
  2. Mix cornflour and water together in a separate small bowl then add to the saucepan and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens, about 3-4 minutes. Strain to remove seeds and then set aside to cool.
To assemble:
2.5 cups cream (thickened/heavy cream will do, but I used 1 cup thickened, 1 cup double cream and 250g mascapone to give it a slightly richer texture)
1/4 cup icing/confectioner's sugar, sifted
1 vanilla bean, scraped seeds only
Selection of summer fruits; I used fresh raspberries, blueberries and diced strawberries (1 punnet each) and mango (2 mangoes) and a bit of passionfruit (1)
  1. Whip cream first; place creams in a large mixing bowl with icing sugar and vanilla seeds and beat on high with an electric mixer until it reaches soft peaks. Take care not to overmix (especially if you add the double cream, its very easy to overwhip). Cream can be whipped a couple of hours ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
  2. Only assemble your pavlova when you are ready to serve it or it will go soggy.  Place meringue on serving plate or stand. 
  3. Add raspberry sauce to your cream and use a spatula to give it a couple of quick folds. Spread cream mixture of the top of your meringue (sauce will swirl throughout the cream as it spreads on).
  4. Top with fresh fruit and serve immediately.
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  1. I've never made pavlova! And it's recipes like this that make me want to try. So pretty!

  2. What a pretty cake! Pavlova is just the perfect use for fresh fruits :)

  3. I remember my first pavlova after moving to Australia. I decided to make one when my husband's parents were coming for dinner. He freaked out and said it was difficult and I'd better have a backup, etc. etc. I said surely it wasn't that difficult and I knew how to read. It was lovely and at dessert time I cut everyone but him a piece of pavlova and I gave him a cheese plate. LOL

    Yours looks terrific! I love the swirl.

  4. I need to my hand at making a pavlova. Yours looks really delicious

  5. Love the fruitiness of the classic pav! Can't go wrong with a pav over summer.

  6. Um so you know pavlova is my second favourite dessert after sponge cake with strawberries and cream. lolol. I'm pretty sure it's the cream factor, but I love the idea of your raspberry swirl. And such a pretty assembly of fruit!

  7. So pretty! love the raspberry swirl in the cream

  8. Yum pavlova! Its a family favourite of ours :) Love the raspberry swirl!!

  9. That looks so mouth watering and the colours are just beautiful!


  10. Mangoes are so deliciously sweet at this time of the year that they would be absolutely delicious on top of a pavlova!

  11. If we wanted to make the mini version, should we just halve the ingredients and bake for the same amount of time?

    1. Yes just halve the ingredients. You wouldn't need to bake for the same amount of time, it won't take as long to cook all the way through, not sure how long, maybe about 3/4 of time?


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