November 29, 2013
It is that time of year again when delicious, red strawberries are in abundance, symbolising a NZ summer and the start of the festive season..What better way to enjoy fresh strawberries than folded through fresh vanilla cream dolloped over crisp & sweet homemade meringues (or pavlova)? We recently made this scrumptious dessert for a bbq with family and thought that you might like us to share this lovely recipe with you.
If you don't have the time (or inclination to bake your own meringues), then The Gift Loft has several delicious "What's for Dessert?" Hampers, including the "What's for Dessert?" Meringue Hamper - petite meringues in either Summer Berry, Vanilla or Mocha combined with a Dessert Glaze (double chocolate, passionfruit or raspberry) and Devonport Chocolates Tablet (in decadent flavours such as Raspberry Dark; Hazelnut Straberry Milk; and Hokey Pokey). Also, see our Gluten Free Christmas Hamper and the very popular Christmas Hamper in a Garden Trug, both include the petite meringues and dessert glaze. These can be used instead of baking this recipe - just fold the meringues through the vanilla cream (add natural yoghurt for a more slimming, healthy option) and add fresh strawberries with the dessert glaze.
Here is the homemade version - it is a recipe derived from The Australian Women's Weekly Best Food Desserts Recipe & a Donna Hay Recipe, with a little bit of The Gift Loft's creativity thrown in too. What we like about this recipe is that: it only uses 4 eggs, it is quick and easy and they last a week, stored in an airtight container - so you can make them well before the time they are needed. Best of all, both the meringues and the pavlova are crunchy on the outside and marshmallow soft on the inside. Freeze the egg yolks and use for a trifle sponge for Christmas day!
Festive Meringues or Pavlova with Strawberries, Vanilla Cream & Berry Jus.
4 egg whites - at room temperature;
1 cup castor sugar;
1 Tbsp cornflour;
1 tspn white vinegar;
100g dark chocolate, grated (62 or 70% dark chocolate is best) - optional;
1 tspn vanilla extract (optional);
1 punnet strawberries;
1-2 cups frozen or fresh boysenberries, raspberries plus 1-2 Tbsp icing sugar (optional) for the berry jus;
1/2- 1 tsp cornflour made to a smooth paste with 1 Tbsp of cold water;
Splash of whisky (optional).
Delicious and so fresh! Below are photos of the precooked, cooked and "prepared for serving" meringues.
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