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A large pavlova topped with summer berries, served on a white stand

Pavlova

Published: April 25, 2022 at 11:15 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + cooling
  • Easy
  • Serves 8

Pavlova is a classic British pud consisting of light, crispy meringues and whipped cream. Follow our step-by-step guide for creating this show-stopping pud, topped with fresh summer berries

Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal298
fat15.3g
saturates9.5g
carbs35.3g
fibre2.4g
protein3.2g
salt0.1g
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Make this classic berry pavlova, then check out our passion fruit pavlova, Baileys chocolate pavlova, mini pavlovas and more pavlova recipes.

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs, or a carton of egg whites
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 400g strawberries, hulled and halved if large
  • 300g raspberries
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • 150g blueberries
  • 300ml whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment and draw a large circle in pencil round a bowl or dinner plate approximately 25cm. Turn the paper over.

  • STEP 2

    Separate the eggs. Freeze the yolks for making custard or ice cream.

  • STEP 3

    Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks. Add the sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, whisking between each addition until the mixture is smooth, thick and glossy.

  • STEP 4

    Whisk in the vinegar and cornflour.

  • STEP 5

    Put large spoonfuls of meringue on the parchment inside the circle until it is evenly filled.

  • STEP 6

    Make a dip in the centre with the back of a spoon and bring up the sides a little. Put the pavlova in the oven and bake for 1 hour. Turn the oven off, leave the door ajar and let the meringue cool completely.

  • STEP 7

    To make the sauce, blend 75g of strawberries and 75g of the raspberries to a purée with the icing sugar, then sieve into a bowl. Softly whip the cream and vanilla.

  • STEP 8

    Top the meringue with the cream, the rest of the fruit, and berry sauce.

More pavlova ideas below:

Griddled peach pavlova with mascarpone cream

With just the right amount of crunch on the outside and a chewy marshmallow filling, this impressive, foolproof recipe will make a showstopping dessert at your next dinner party.

Peach Pavlova Recipe with Mascarpone Cream

Pistachio pavlova

There's nothing better than a great pavlova in the summer. Make this delicious pistachio meringue-based dessert using fresh strawberries and raspberries for a truly indulgent treat.

Pistachio Pavlova Recipe

Passion fruit pavlova

A crown of crisp meringue, made irresistible with tangy lemon and passion fruit curd, whipped cream and melted white chocolate. This easy pavlova recipe is perfect for entertaining.

A whole pavlova on a blue serving platter, with passion fruit drizzle on top and fairy lights in the background

Mini pavlovas

Go old-school with these mini pavlovas, raised above and beyond with white chocolate cream and rosé raspberry syrup.

Mini Pavlova Recipe with Raspberry Syrup

Black Forest pavlova

Impress friends and family over the festive season with our stunning black forest meringue tower. This gorgeous Christmas dessert is filled with dark chocolate ganache, boozy cherries and mascarpone cream. Pure indulgence!

Meringue stack with cream and cherry glaze dripping

Baileys chocolate pavlova

Check out this showstopping Baileys pavlova recipe. You can make the pavlova base the day before, then fill just before serving, a perfect alternative to your Christmas pudding.

Pavlova topped with chocolate shavings
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