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Cooking dessert on the BBQ is not normally a 'done thing'. As far as I know, cooking the great Aussie tradition the Pavlova on the BBQ is unheard of.
This is a great way to use all the residual heat leftover from cooking the main course. Using only the freshest fruit with a firmer texture is best as the cooking process won't turn it mushy.
I have used Rum but any other alcohol can be used eg: scotch or bourbon.... Read more.
Line two baking tray's (at least 2cm deep) with Aluminum Foil then a layer of Baking Paper.
Lightly spray with cooking spray.
Beat egg whites until soft peaks form.
Continue beating and slowly add the sugar until the mixture looks glossy.
Sift in the cornflour and add vinegar.
Fold into mixture softly.
Turn mixture onto one of the prepared Baking trays.
Place tray onto flat plate of BBQ on low heat.
Close hood of BBQ or cover tray with foil.
Leave to cook for 12-15 mins.
After 12-15 mins place the 2nd baking tray over the meringue and invert over - place the 2nd tray back onto flat plate for another 10 mins
Preheat the BBQ char grill plate to medium heat.
Slice Mango and score cheeks
Peel banana and slice length ways into two halves
Peels & core pineapple – cut into slices and wedges
Slice Rockmelon, Starfruit & Nashi cut some into 2cm thickness and some into cubes
Arrange diced fruit onto skewers (previously soaked in water).
Dust all fruit to be char grilled with icing sugar and set aside until sugar melts.
Brush fruit lightly with Rum
Turn heat up and place all fruit onto char grill and cook for 2-3 minutes or until grill marks appear.
Remove and set aside.
Once Pavlova is cooked – carefully peel back baking paper and cut into desired shapes – wedges, slabs etc
Arrange onto plates or platter with char grilled boozy fruits, scatter over berries, drizzle with more Rum and dust with icing sugar.
Serve with whipped cream.
Before cooking fruit, clean the char grill by using a large sized paint scraper to scrape away any burnt residue and grit.
Finish off by rubbing down the slats with a cut lemon.
This will remove grease and savoury flavours.
The paint scraper cannot only be used for cleaning but is also a useful and cheap BBQ tool.
Most times that's the only tool I cook with on the BBQ.
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