Since Australia Day is just around the corner (January 26), I thought I would share a little piece of Australia with you. Pavlova is considered the national dessert of Australia, however, New Zealand also claims it. I am not quite sure who was the first to claim it... I guess it's one of those "did the chicken or the egg come first" questions. Anyway, while we were in Australia, we became friends with a wonderful family. The mother makes the BEST pavlova, so my husband and I call this recipe
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 1/2 hours
Preparation time before serving: 15 minutes
4 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 dessertspoon* cornflour
Half pint heavy whipping cream
Toppings (Fruit, chocolate, etc...)
*Did you know Australian cutlery includes a dessertspoon? It's specifically used to eat their dessert. If you do not own a dessertspoon, use 2 teaspoons per 1 dessertspoon.
Beat egg whites with electric beater, gradually adding sugar until stiff.
|So stiff it didn't move when I tilted the bowl|
Preheat oven to 390*F (200*C).
Pour pavlova onto a baking sheet in the shape you want.
Put Pavlova in oven and turn it down to 250*F (120*C). Bake for 1 1/2 hours. Turn off oven, and open the door to let it cool off.
|It's not perfect, but it will work|
When completely cool, decorate with whipped cream and any topping you like. Usually they put passion fruit, or any other kind of fruit on it.
|I used banana's and chocolate for the topping and it tasted great!|
HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!!