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Strawberry Pavlova

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Course: Baking, Dessert, Sweets and Desserts
Cuisine: Australia, New Zealand
Keyword: cake meringue, how to bake pavlova, meringue cake, pavlova cake, pavlova recipe, pavlova topping, strawberry cake
Servings: 8 people
Author: Olive
Meringue topped with yummy whipped cream and strawberries. Perfect when strawberries are in season but if not you can always use strawberry compote as substitute.
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FOR THE CAKE:

FOR THE TOPPING:

Instructions

FOR THE CAKE:

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C Fan/350°F and line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
  • In a grease-free stand mixer bowl, whisk the egg whites until firm peaks form.
  • Then beat in the sugar a spoonful at a time until the meringue is stiff and shiny.
  • Be patient: it takes a little time to thicken glossily.
  • Sprinkle the cornstarch and vinegar over the meringue, then, by hand, gently fold everything until it is thoroughly mixed in.
  • Mound onto the lined baking sheet in a fat disc approximately 22cm/9inch in diameter, smoothing the sides and top.
  • Place in the oven, then immediately turn the temperature down to 150°C/130°C Fan/300°F and bake for 1 hour.
  • Take out of the oven and leave to cool, but do not leave anywhere cold as this will make it crack too dramatically.
  • You’ll always get some cracks though, so don’t fret.
  • If you think your kitchen is too cold, then drape the pavlova base loosely with a clean tea towel.
  • When the meringue is completely cooled, turn the pavlova base onto a large flat plate with the underside uppermost.

FOR THE TOPPING:

  • If using fresh strawberries, hull each strawberry and cut, from hulled end to the tip, to make 3 slices, putting them into a shallow bowl as you go and sprinkle with the sugar, leaving them to macerate while you get on with the cream.
  • Whip the cream, softened cream cheese slowly adding the confectioner's sugar until thick and airy but still soft.
  • Spread on top of the pavlova base in a swirly-mound, working all the way to the edges so that it is evenly covered.
  • Spoon the shiny strawberries in their juice over the top or use the homemade strawberry compote.
  • Enjoy!
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