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Dawn's Pavlova

Of this childhood recipe, Quay Executive Chef Peter Gilmore says:
"Earliest memories may be not quite as early as this photo but I do remember always wanting to lick the pavlova beaters. I enjoyed the beaters as much as I did the pavlova. Good food, cooking and entertaining was always central in my family growing up".


  • 6 egg whites

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1½ cups castor sugar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence

  • 2 teaspoons vinegar

  • 300ml pure cream

  • 2 teaspoons icing sugar

  • 2 fresh mangoes

  • 4 passion fruit


  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 180℃. Beat egg whites on high with a pinch of salt until thick. Add the castor sugar 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat for about 1½ minutes after each addition of sugar.

  • 2.

    The meringue mixture should be thick and glossy. Gently fold in the vanilla and vinegar. Line a biscuit tray with silicon paper and arrange the meringue mixture onto the silicon paper in a round mound.

  • 3.

    Cook the meringue in the oven for 15 minutes then turn the heat down to 140℃ and cook for a further 50 minutes. Cool the pavlova in the oven.

  • 4.

    Beat the pure cream on high until thick adding the icing sugar to sweeten. Peel and slice the fresh mango and remove the pulp from the passion fruit. When the pavlova is completely cool, top with whipped cream and decorate with fresh fruit.


This recipe is from Hands Across The Kitchen cookbook, which features childhood recipes from 51 of Australia's leading chefs. RRP $32.95, available online HERE

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Posted by Meryl11Report
The old fashioned way of serving pavlova was to turn the cold pavlova upsidedown on the plate before decorating with cream and fruit. This means there is no broken top, or airpocket and the marshmallow is even and solid. I think this practice should be revived.