Fruit Pavlovas are one of my favourite desserts.They are very simple to make – albeit time consuming, however making meringue from scratch is well worth the time investment.
4 Egg Whites
115g Caster Sugar
115g Icing Sugar
First, separate your egg yolk from your egg whites. I have a quirky method in order to do this. I crack the egg into a bowl, have another bowl close by and then simply scoop out the yolk by hand and pop into the new bowl – simple, quick and does the job perfectly with no gadgets.
Tip the egg whites into a large bowl. I use an electric whisk as it will take quite a while to beat by hand. Beat the egg whites on a medium speed until the mixture forms stiff peaks once the whisk is lifted.
Once you have achieved the stiff peaks consistency, start to add in the caster sugar one spoonful at a time whilst continuing to whisk for a few seconds on a high speed before adding in more sugar. Continue this until all of the sugar is incorporated into the mixture. Once done, your mixture should look glossy.
Sift in a third of the icing sugar and using a spoon or a spatula, gently fold in the icing sugar. I usually do this in a figure of 8 as it keeps as much air in the meringue as possible. Continue this until the icing sugar is used and mixed into your meringue mixture.
You are now ready to use your meringue mixture. Spoon into a piping bag, and using a silicon mat (this will make sure that your meringues will not stick and you can remove once cooked instead of them sticking to a baking tray), pipe the shape you would like your meringues to be, remembering to add in the base, and then pipe in circles on the outside of the meringue so you have space in the middle for your filling.
Bake at 100° for 90 minutes. Remove and leave to cool.
Once cooled, lift off from the silicon mat and add whatever toppings you like. I have used double cream and fresh seasonal fruit.
Dust with some icing sugar and serve. This is a great, simple, but effective dessert for a dinner party, for when friends come over, or for just when you fancy it. Enjoy.