Pavlova is a creamy meringue-based dessert that tastes like fresh fruits with a luscious flavour of whipped cream. This cake is marshmallowy and soft on the inside and crunchy and crispy on the outside. This ideal amalgamation of textures gives Pavlova its unique character. An interesting fact about this crisp yet creamy cake recipe is that it is the reason for a sweet rivalry between New Zealanders and Australians, who each claim the credit for it. But the Russians bring an exciting twist to this story, who claim that Pavlova is named after a Russian ballerina called Anna Pavlova, who travelled across New Zealand and Australia The cake is affectionately called “Pav” in both countries. It is usually loaded with fruits and berries. Pavlova is considered one of the best ways to end your meals. The recipe comes together with very few ingredients and in record time! It is usually topped with berries, but you can experiment with any combination of your favourite fruits. However, you should not make Pavlova ahead of time as it may degrade its texture. You can get the meringue ready before time but assemble the cake only when you are planning to serve it. If made ahead of time, the berries and whipped cream might dissolve the meringue and ruin the cake. Enjoy the taste of freshly baked meringue and whipped cake with fresh fruits when you make it on the spot for your family or guests. The attractive look of Pavlova makes it an excellent option to serve the guests at get-togethers!
How to Cook Pavlova
Preheat the oven at 300 degrees F
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Cut a circle of 8 cms out of a parchment paper and put it on a baking sheet.
Prepare the meringue
Combine cream of tartar, egg whites, vanilla extract and salt in a bowl. When soft spikes start forming and the mixture becomes light and fluffy, gradually add the sugar one tablespoon at a time.
Spread the meringue on baking sheet
When the mixture turns stiff, sprinkle the cornstarch and mix using a spatula. Mix again until high and stiff peaks start to form in the mixing bowl. Spread the meringue on the prepped baking sheet and make vertical swipes using a spatula.
Bake the meringue for one hour
Put it in the oven and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. It should take a beautiful creamy colour and feel a bit stiff. Leave it inside the oven with the door closed for an hour.
Top with fresh mixed berries and serve
Make a creamy whip by mixing powdered sugar, cold whipping cream and vanilla and mix using a blender until soft peaks take form. Top the baked meringue with whipping cream, mixed berries and mint leaves right before serving.