By Sprout / Thursday, 17 December 2020 / Topics:

Ingredients (Serves 8-10):

  • 150ml egg whites (approximately 4x 60g eggs)
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar

 


Balsamic berries:                                      

  • 250g strawberries, halved
  • 250g mixed berries
  • (eg. blackberries, raspberries, blueberries)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean extract
  • 1 cup thickened cream
  • ¼ bunch of basil, leaves picked

Mango, coconut & passionfruit syrup Pulp of 3 passionfruit

  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup thickened cream
  • ½ cup coconut yoghurt
  • 2 mangoes, flesh sliced 1cm thick
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut, toasted
  • ¼ bunch of mint, leaves picked



Spiced cherries:

  1. 250g cherries, pitted
  2. ½ cup water
  3. ¼ cup brown sugar
  4. 1 cinnamon stick
  5. 2 star anise
  6. ½ cup thickened cream
  7. ½ cup crème fraiche
  8. ¼ cup roasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  9. 50g dark chocolate, shaved


Method:

Pavlova:

1. Preheat oven to 150°C (fan-forced). Place the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until soft peaks form. Add in caster sugar a tablespoon at a time, beating well until the mixture is glossy and at stiff peaks. Sprinkle the cornflour over, add the vinegar and mix for a further minute.

2. Carefully place mixture onto an 18cm-round on a baking tray lined with baking paper and shape with a spatula. Place in the oven, reduce the heat to 120°C and cook for 1 hour. Turn the oven off and allow the pavlova to cool completely in the oven.

 


Balsamic berries:

1. Place strawberries, balsamic and honey in a large bowl. Toss until well coated, then set aside to marinade for 10 minutes. Add in half of the mixed berries and toss through juices.

2. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl whisk cream until firm peaks.

3. To serve, spread whipped cream over the top of pavlova. Top with marinated berries and remaining mixed berries and garnish with basil leaves.

 


Mango, coconut & passionfruit syrup:

1. Combine passionfruit pulp, sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer for 4-5 minutes or until thickened. Set aside to cool completely.

2. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl whisk cream until firm peaks. Gently fold through coconut yoghurt.

3. To serve, spread coconut cream over the top of pavlova. Top with mango slices and toasted coconut, before drizzling over passionfruit syrup and garnishing with mint.

 


Spiced cherries:

1. Combine cherries, water, sugar, cinnamon and star anise in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes or until syrup has thickened and cherries softened. Set aside to cool.

2. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl whisk cream until firm peaks. Gently fold through crème fraiche.

3. To serve, spread crème fraiche mixture over the top of pavlova. Top with cherries and drizzle over syrup, then sprinkle over chocolate shavings and hazelnuts.