Sunday, September 12, 2010

Australian Pavlova with White Chocolate Stars

This is my first attempt at a pavlova.  It was a success....except for the fact that I dropped it and it broke! However, it was still a delight to eat and lots of fun to decorate.  And although recipes for pavlovas are common, I still wanted to share this with you. You can top yours with cream as well which is normally what we "Aussies" like to do.

Ingredients
4 egg whites
1 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp white vinegar
2 tbsp cornflour

Method
Preheat oven to 150 degrees (fan-forced) and prepare a tray with baking paper on it.  Whip the eggwhites in a bowl until stiff peaks form.  Gradually add the sugar along with the vanilla and continue to whisk until all the sugar is combined; the mixture should still be stiff but also glossy at this point. Stop your electric mixer to add the cornflour and vinegar, then turn on to whip until combined; avoid over whipping or mixture will lose its peaks.  Spoon mixture onto a tray lined with baking paper; shape into a dome approximately 18cm in circumfrence.  Reduce oven to 120 degrees and bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes.  Allow the pavlova to cool in the oven completely before topping with your desired fruit.  To make white chocolate stars, melt 70g of white chocolate using the doubler-boiler method.  Smooth the chocolate into star (or other shaped) moulds.  Set in freezer for 1-2 hours.  Serve pavlova with whipped cream.

21 comments:

  1. Love the decoration and the stars and this dessert is a star!

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  2. The white chocolate stars are so cute! :D I thought they were made from yoghurt at first.

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  3. I love pavlovas! Especially if they're topped with cream. It goes so well with the squishy, soft interior.

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  4. With all fruits and stars on top, this looks too good to eat! :)

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  5. I really need to do pavlova.

    Those stars are a really nice touch.

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  6. Aw, those stars are great! What a tragedy to have it turn out perfectly only to be dropped - I think dropping a perfect pav would make it look like most people's attempts though ;)

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  7. Your pavlova looks beautiful! I have always wanted to make one but never have. Thanks for sharing the recipe:)

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  8. What a gorgeous pavlova! And so healthy too. :D

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  9. It is gorgeous. You recovered nicely from the accident. I love the topping you have used. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  10. je la trouve parfaite cette pavlova en plus elle est joliment décorée...un pur bonheur
    bonne soirée

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  11. Oh yum I do love pavlova and yours looks lovely

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  12. Beautiful Brittany!! Great job!
    xoxo Pattie

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  13. What a beautiful pavlova. Love the stars :)

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  14. So pretty! Pavlovas are such an impressive dessert, and tasty too. I love all of the different textures!

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  15. Love the way the white choccy stars are so thick - yum! Just what pavlova needs...some more calories - I salute you!

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  16. Thanks for stopping by greens & chocolate! I've never had a Pavlova before but it looks delicious! I love the white chocolate stars :)

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  17. Brittany...you've put this together beautifully...very creative ;o)
    Just for the record...I've never made one of these.

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

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  18. Oh no! But a pavlova may be the one dessert that can be dropped and still look perfect - after pushed together and hidden under a gorgeous slathering of whipped cream and a tumble of fruit! I love pavlova and it has been too long since I've made one. Beautiful reminder!

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  19. Your pavlova turned out great for your first time. Love the white choc stars!

    Maria
    x

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  20. I've been meaning to make pavlova for FOREVER but for some reason never seem to. Yours looks great now I really really want one.
    ~ingrid

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