Sunday, May 29, 2011

Raspberry and Physalis Pavlova with Passion Fruit Coulis

A light summer dessert, also makes an attractive centrepiece (if the meringue is not too cracked, unlike mine!).

Serves 8 - 10



-6 egg whites
-300g caster sugar
-1 tsp white wine vinegar
-3 tsp cornflour
-1tsp vanilla essence


-400g raspberries
-100g pack of physalis
-450ml double cream


-4 passion fruit
-4 tbsp icing sugar

1. To make the meringue preheat the oven to 150C and prepare a large baking sheet lined with baking parchment or greaseproof paper. I used a 23cm cake tin to draw a circle on the paper, as a size guide for the meringue. 
2. Beat the egg whites until very stiff, then gradually whisk in the sugar. It should stand in stiff peaks (for perfect meringue, they say you should be able to hold the bowl upside down over your head without any falling out, but this could be risky!)  Beat in the vinegar, vanilla, and cornflour. 

3. Using a spatula or palette knife spread the mixture onto the baking sheet, roughly forming a 20cm round. Use the spatula to make a slight well in the centre. 

4. Bake for 2 hours, then turn the oven off and leave the meringue in the oven to cool.
5. To make the coulis mix the icing sugar into the juice of the passion fruit over a low heat, until dissolved. Leave to cool. 
6. Whisk the cream until thick enough to spread over the meringue. Arrange the raspberries and physalis on the top and serve with the coulis. 

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