The addition of vibrant summer fruits like plums and cherries is the perfect way to top a delicious pavlova recipe.


  • For the pavlova

  • 5 egg whites

  • 250g caster sugar

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar

  • For the cherries

  • 100g dried cherries

  • 100ml Kirsch or cherry brandy

  • For the plums

  • 200ml red wine

  • Juice of 1 orange

  • 75g light brown sugar

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • A few cardamom pods, lightly crushed

  • A few allspice berries, lightly crushed

  • A piece of pared orange zest

  • 8 ripe plums, stoned and quartered

  • To assemble

  • 300ml double or whipping cream, whipped

  • 1 tbsp icing sugar

  • ½ tsp cinnamon (optional)


  • 1.

    To make the meringue, preheat the oven to 150C. Line a baking tray with baking parchment on which you have drawn a circle of around 23cm in diameter.

  • 2.

    Beat the egg whites in a stand mixer or with a hand held electric whisk, until they reach the soft peak stage. Mix the cinnamon with the sugar, then start adding this gradually, a tablespoon at a time to start with then slightly more, beating between each addition, until the meringue is stiff and glossy. Sprinkle over the vinegar and fold in.

  • 3.

    Use a few blobs of the meringue to secure the baking parchment to the baking tray, then pile the rest into the marked circle. Make a slight indentation in the middle and allow the meringue to come to peaks around the side.

  • 4.

    Bake in the oven for around an hour and 15 minutes to an hour and a half. The meringue should be crisp round the sides but with some give in the middle. Turn off the oven and leave the meringue to cool completely.

  • 5.

    To make the filling, put the dried cherries in a small saucepan with the kirsch. Bring to the boil, then turn down and simmer until the cherries are soft and plump and most of the kirsch has been absorbed. To make the spiced plums, heat the wine, orange juice, spices and orange zest into a saucepan. Stir on the low heat until the sugar has dissolved, then bring to the boil and simmer for a few minutes until the mixture is syrupy. Add the plums and poach in the liquid for a few minutes, until soft but still holding their shape.

  • 6.

    Remove the plums from the liquid, peeling off the skins as you go – they should just fall off. Strain the cooking liquid.

  • 7.

    To assemble, add the icing sugar and cinnamon if using to the whipped cream, then stir a couple of tablespoons of the plum liquid with the cherries. Top with the plums and drizzle over any remaining liquid.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (10 servings)

  • Energy 290kj
  • Fat Total 5g
  • Saturated Fat 3g
  • Protein 2g
  • Carbohydrate 50g
  • Sugar 46g
  • Sodium 31mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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