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Perfect Pavlova

My close friends and family will tell you I'm not a great cook!!  I once burnt a pizza so bad when I took it out of the oven it resembled some kind of African bowl.  I even managed to set a caravan kitchen on fire whilst cooking bacon.  It's safe to say the kitchen is not my domain!   Ok I know the basics that have got me through life.  I know how to throw a few meals together but although I love to eat, I dont love to cook!!
Or so I thought............
I don't know if the abundence of cookery programmes on T.V have had some kind of subliminal effect on me or if this is all part and parcel of becoming a 'grown up' but just lately I seem to be rather keen on baking!

Recently I was given a Lamona recipe book and decided to try out the Pavlova.  I'll be honest, the main reason I chose this recipe was because I already had most of the ingredients and there was only 20 minutes preparation time.  Yes, I am a lazy cook and most probably the reason for many chargrilled meals of the past! Anyway I followed the recipe and didn't allow myself any distractions, which basically meant I turned my phone off. And you know what?  It turned out bloody lovely!  In fact I've made it quite a few times now and even get asked to make one for family get togethers!! 
So I thought I'd share this recipe with you, because if I can make Pavlova then anyone can!! Yeah it's not a fancy Nigella recipe or anything but we're taking baby steps here.  Hope you enjoy.
 
Method

  • Pre-heat the oven to 150°C/gas mark 2.
  • Line a baking sheet with non-stick baking parchment (This apparently works better than greaseproof paper although I haven't got a clue what the difference is).
  • Place the egg whites in a large clean bowl, then whisk them with an electric whisk until they form stiff peaks - you should be able to turn the bowl upside down without them moving. (Note - Do not ever taste the egg whites, vile is not the word!!).
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  •  Add the cornflour to the sugar, then add this to the egg whites - a teaspoon at a time, whisking after each addition - until it's all mixed in.
  • Add the vinegar and vanilla essence to the mixture, and fold in lightly with a tablespoon.
  • Spoon just over half of the meringue mixture onto the baking sheet, and spread it into a circle, about 18cm in diameter, to make the base.
  • To form the sides of the pavlova, add the remaining mixture, a tablespoon at a time, around the edge of the circle. Use a fork to shape the sides, so it resembles a nest.
 
  • Bake the pavlova for 1 hour. Remove it from the oven when it looks set, then leave it to cool completely.
  • When it's cold, lift it carefully from the baking sheet. Peel off the baking parchment and place the pavlova on a serving plate.
  • When you're ready to serve, whip the cream and spread it in the centre of the pavlova, arranging the fruit on top.
 Ta Daaaa.  We have Pavlova!!


Enjoy!

20 comments:

  1. This looks delicious! Well done you :)I love making pavlova, its quite good fun. Oh goodness that's hilarious you setting a caravan on fire, my dad did a similar thing with toast when we were staying in a log cabin, all the fire alarms were going off, very embarrassing!
    You've also gained yourself a new follower :) I thoroughly look forward to reading your blog posts.

    Love Becky xx
    http://bjt92.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks Becky. Ha that's funny about your dad! Thanks for following. Always nice to speak to someone new :) xx

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  2. For someone who says they're not a great cook that looks amazing! xx

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    1. Ahhh thanks, I think it might just be a really simple recipe but I guess I should take some credit lol. xx

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  3. I love pavlova, but my fiance doesn't so I rarely make it anymore. This looks delicious! :)

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    1. Oooh surely that just means more for you!! x

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  4. this looks amazzzzing! i'm definitely going to make it. thanks for sharing the recipe xxx

    http://ileftmyheartinmiami.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Let me know how you get on :) xx

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  5. I think,you're a good cook! it looks yummy!

    Babi
    www.whenbabispeaks.com

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    1. Ahhhh bless ya. Think I'm finally getting there lol. x

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  6. Love your Blog :)
    Follow you now <3

    If you want have a look at my blog.

    Greetings from Germany,

    Emma Wunderbar <3

    http://emmawunderbar.blogspot.de/

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    1. Hey Emma thanks you write a good blog too. x

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  7. I love pavlova my favourite dessert x

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    1. It's funny but I've never really been a fan of Pavlova until recently. x

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  8. You're an artist! I can't believe you made that. Now following!

    Kaeli
    The Broadcloth

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    1. Aww thanks hun. Maybe some kind of abstract artist?? Thanks for the follow :) x

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  9. oh my goodness that looks amazing! i wish i was that talented...send a slice my way? :)

    xo,
    kristyn

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    1. I would send you a slice but unfortunately I had to eat it. All of it. lol. xx

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  10. Ooh my goodness, this looks like heaven! Saving this to my recipes folder, thank you!

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