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Pavlova with chocolate and berries for my Valentine!

Posted on February 8, 2014 by in baked goods, desserts

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Pavlova was created in honor of the Russian ballet dancer, Anna Pavlova after a tour to Australia and New Zealand. For years there was a debate over which of these countries can take credit for creating this delicious dessert, but the latest research has it that New Zealand has to get the pat on the back!


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Pavlova causes fights in my house too ……. dad and the children fight over that last helping like I will never make it again! Pavlova is such a simple dessert to make, yet so many people get it so wrong. It is meringue dessert, crispy on the outside and soft, nougat-like and light on the inside. So many of our supermarkets have meringue bases in their deli section. Those things are so hard that if you try to get your fork into it or cut it with a knife, you are sure to end up with a pavlova on your lap! Pavlova is often made for celebrations or special dinners and yet it is just egg whites, and sugar…. crazy, if you think about it! I made this  delicious Pavlovas with Banana and Butterscotch sauce  and my family declared it the best dessert ever. This time, I wanted to give it a bit of a Valentine theme… with white chocolate and red berries…..

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I had 12 egg whites in a jug after making ice-cream and I could easily triple this recipe, but I had used some of the egg whites to make an egg white omelet, so i had no idea how much egg white I had left. The solution was thus to measure the egg whites and go from there.  The rule of thumb is however, that you need twice as much sugar as egg whites. In other words 1 part egg whites to 2 parts sugar. This turned out to be a very good idea, because my meringues where just perfect. I wanted them huge, they were huge! I wanted them crispy on the outside and like nougat on the inside and they were exactly like that…… which proves that exact measurements when baking is kind of essential!

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Pavlova with Chocolate and Berries

serves 8

Ingredients

120 g egg whites – at room temperature

200 g caster sugar

5 ml vanilla extract

5 ml white wine vinegar

15 ml corn starch

20 ml cocoa powder

Method

Preheat oven to 130 C. Line two baking sheets with grease proof of baking paper. Pour the egg whites in  the bowl of your mixer and beat the egg whites until they hold soft peaks. Now add the castor sugar one tablespoon at a time and keep beating until the meringue holds stiff, shiny peaks. Gently fold in the vanilla, vinegar and cornstarch. Use a small sieve and gently sieve the cocoa over the meringue  and fold it in, but do not mixed it all in, if you bake it and the cocoa shows here and there through a fold in the meringue, it is most appealing.

Use a sponn and form 8 big meringues on the two baking sheets. Place in the oven and bake for about 60- 70  minutes , then turn the oven off and leave the meringues to cool in the oven. You should have a crispy, pale colored meringue with swatches of chocolate on the outside and a soft nougat filling on the inside.

Add

250 ml cream

30 ml caster sugar

250 g berries of your choice

100 g white chocolate

Method

Whip the cream and caster sugar in a mixing bowl. Melt the chocolate over a pot of simmering water and when it is melted drizzle over the meringues. Add a dollop of cream on the meringues and scatter some berries over the top.

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6 Responses to “Pavlova with chocolate and berries for my Valentine!”

  1. Lydia 8 February 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    I love your recipes Ninna, have heard you on RSG, but this is my first visit to your blog. Must try the Pavlova. Keep them Coming!

  2. Lydia Knoop 8 February 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    I love your recipes Ninna, have listened to you on RSG, but this is my first visit to your blog. Must try the Pavlova. Keep them coming!

  3. Lydia Knoop 8 February 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    I love your recipes Ninna. Have listened to you on RSG, but this is my first visit to your blog. Must try the Pavlova!

  4. Lydia Knoop 8 February 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    I love your recipes Ninna. Have heard you on RSG, but this is my first visit to your site. Must try the Pavlova. Keep them coming!

  5. Danita Miles 17 February 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    Hallo Nina eerstens dankie vir al jou wonderlike resepte.Ek het een probleem Nina,eks mal oor jou pavlovas maar wil weet of ek dit in ‘n gasoond kan maak.Ek het probeer, maar dit het nie gewerk nie.
    Help asb!!!

  6. Jeff @ Cheese-burger.net 18 February 2014 at 7:46 am #

    Hats off to New Zealand for creating this oh so delicious dessert! The white chocolate and red berries definitely brings out the romantic side of this dessert.


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