Easter Feasts - Desserts - Heart Shaped Pavlova

Friday 9th February 2018

Serves: 6
Use egg whites at room temperature and a spanking clean bowl for a perfect meringue.
5 large egg whites
275g caster sugar
1 level teaspoon cornflour
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
For the topping
300ml double cream, whipped
250ml crème fraiche
350g blackberries or raspberries
2 kiwi fruits, peeled and sliced

Draw a large heart, approx. 20cm onto a piece of baking parchment. Arrange upside-down on a greased baking sheet.

Pre-heat oven to 160C, 140Fan, Gas 3.

In a large, clean bowl, whisk egg whites, using an electric whisk until they stand in soft peaks.

Add sugar, 1 dessertspoon at a time, continuing to whisk until stiff, glossy meringue results.

In a cup, combine cornflour and vinegar and mix to a smooth paste.

Fold into the meringue, using a metal spoon.

Turn meringue onto paper and spread meringue out to fit the heart.

Put the meringue into the oven, immediately turning temperature down to 140C, 120Fan, Gas 1 and cook for 1 ¼ hours, then turn oven off and if possible, leave meringue in the oven overnight.

Transfer the pavlova to serving plate. In a large mixing bowl, combine whipped cream and crème fraiche. Fold in ½ the blackberries. Pile cream mixture onto centre of pavlova and carefully spread over the heart.

Decorate with the remaining blackberries and sliced kiwi.


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