Your guide to making the perfect pavlova recipes this Christmas
The fun of doing the ‘stiff peaks’ test, holding the bowl over your head like a Wally. The fun of throwing berries all over it and it still coming out looking terribly gourmet!
The Aussies love their pavlova; it’s a dessert synonymous with summer, Christmas and outdoor entertaining. We interviewed a bunch of beach-bound Australians in Manly, Sydney, and people only had good things to say about the jazzed-up meringue.
“I don’t want to fuss, I want to make the meringue ahead of time and let my daughter decorate the pavlova on Christmas day. It’s fun to get kids involved and it’s delicious no matter how messy it looks” says Jill from Sydney.
The simplicity of the making process, as well as the casual nature of the topping seems to be the order of the day as James explains; “I’m a guy who likes to impress my family every now and again with a wow-factor dish. A pavlova does the trick, with minimal time or effort!”.
Annette Forrest, food stylist and recipe developer extraordinare, gives us her top five tips to making the perfect Christmas pavlova:
- The most important thing to remember when making pavlova is that moisture is there greatest enemy! Don’t make a pavlova on a humid or rainy day.
- I like to use fresh free-range egg at room temperature, and ensure there is not a single spec of egg yolk in the separated whites.
- Using egg whites that have been frozen then thawed means that the egg white is stabilised, and stable egg whites make great pavlovas. So don’t throw out any egg whites, freeze them!
- There is no doubt, that pavlovas that are left overnight to cool in the turned off oven, with the door ajar, hold up the best.
- Of all the pavlova toppings, I think that whipped cream, berries and a drizzle of fresh passionfruit is the very best!
We are convinced and rather fancying one ourselves now…
Here’s a snapshot of some extraordinary pavlova recipes from a range of our recipe partners. There are even more pavlova recipe ideas at myfoodbook.com.au too. Save your favourites and make your own FREE pavlova ecookbook!