Saturday, March 23, 2013

Amazing Pavlova

Strawberries & pistachio tarte used to be my favorite dessert since a long time. But when I tried this home-made pavlova, it has been lowered down to the second place. I've tried pavlova few times before, mainly in restaurants, and even if they were good it wasn't unforgettable as well. And I found out why: all the interest of this dessert is how the meringue is. It has to be crunchy outside while fluffy inside.

I am now waiting for the spring & summer fruits and can't wait to try it with some fresh strawberries, raspberries and other red fruits !

Makes 6

The meringue:

4 eggs white + salt
250 gr sugar
2 tsp corn stach
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract

The whipped cream:

300 ml simple cream
6 tbsp icing sugar 

The topping:

Bananas, passion fruit, kiwi, strawberries, ... all the fruits you want !
Black chocolate

* Preheat your oven on 180°Celsius. Place the bowl you will make the whipped cream in into the fridge.
* Start beat the eggs white with a pinch of salt. When the start firm up add the sugar in 3 or 4 times beating constantly.
* Beat until the eggs white are firm and shinny.
* Add the lemon juice, vanilla extract and corn stach and gently mix with a flexible spatula. Make sure not too over mix your mixture to keep your eggs white firm.
* Pour the eggs white into an approximatively 7 or 8 inch large circle on a baking tray covered with baking paper. Your meringue has to be thick enough (around 2 inch). Quickly smooth the top, the less you mix the eggs white and the firmer your meringue will stay.
* Put your meringue into the oven and low down the temperature on 120°C right away. Bake for 1 hour (your meringue will be done when crackled on the top with an ivory color).
* Set it aside and let cool totally.
* Take the bowl of the fridge and pour the single cream in it.
* Start beating and when it gets firmer add the icing sugar stiffed in several times.
* Beat until your whipped cream is smooth.
* Spread generously all your whipped cream on the meringue and put the fruits on top.
* Serve with melted chocolate.

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