Pavlovas with strawberries and whipped cream

Crunchy, soft, sweet and creamy. Just a few words to describe how good Strawberry Pavlova is. These little pillows of meringue, whipped cream and fresh strawberries are pure indulgence.

Perfect for a summer’s day lunch or afternoon tea. Or infact, anytime you fancy if you’re like my wife.

Whipped meringue.

While PopUp Chef has been in lockdown, Le wifey has been quietly dreading what is next while at the same time, enjoying every mouthful. “how can I be thin again if you keep cooking like this” She groans.

I say, what shall we have tomorrow? Bread & butter pudding or Creme Brulee? we chuckle.

So on with how to make Pavlovas. You get your egg whites in a clean bowl and with a hand mixer or food mixer like above, you whisk your whites to firm peak, then turn down the speed and slowly add spoon after spoon of the icing sugar and cornflour. You will see it becomes glossy and shiny.

Meringues before cooking.

Then you put your French meringue mix into a piping bag with a star nozzle ready to pipe like the video below.

Heat your oven to 100°c and once your pavlovas are piped onto a tray, you bake for 30-40 minutes.

What your looking for is, firm enough to lift off the tray and still soft in the centre.

(tip, lift the greaseproof up and pull away from the meringues, rather than picking up the meringues) If the meringue is sticking to the greaseproof, it may need a little longer to cook.

Surprisingly easy to make and so fun to eat. Super yummy and very moreish so maybe go for a run to burn up some calories to not feel too guilty. 🙂