Friday, 29 April 2011

Passion Fruit and Berry Pavlova...the taste of Summer!

Pavlova is, without a doubt, one of my all time favourite puds - you just cant go wrong with Meringue, Passion Fruit and Berries! The great thing about pudding is that it can be served at a dinner party or popped in a jar and eaten at a picnic, either way its always a crowd pleaser! 





Meringue
3 Free range egg whites
half tsp lemon juice
100g caster sugar
75g Icing sugar and a bit extra for dusting

Preheat the oven to 120 degrees. Whisk the eggs white with an electric whisk on full speed for 1 min. Gradually whisk in the caster sugar and the whisk again on full speed for about 3 minutes until the peaks are shiny and stiff. Then, very gradually, add in the icing sugar with a spatula. Drop four large dollops onto a lined baking tray, dust with the icing sugar and pop in the oven for two hours. 

Fruit 
100g Strawberries, hulled and halved
100g Raspberries
50g Blackberries
50g Blueberries
20g caster sugar
half tsp lemon juice
4 x Passion fruits

Once washed, place all the berries in a bowl with the sugar and lemon juice, cover and refrigerate until you need to assemble the pudding. The passion fruit is just drizzled on top at the end so don't mix it in with the berries!
Coulis
200g Raspberries
20g Caster Sugar
Puree the raspberries and sugar in a blender, the sieve and again pop in the fridge until it is needed. 

Put it all together
Once the meringues are baked to a light blond colour, they should be hard on the outside and soft on the inside, remove them from the oven and allow to stand for 30 mins. The put on a pretty plate, and arrange the fruit around the meringue, drizzle with the passion fruit and the coulis. If you are taking it to a picnic, simply layer up the meringue, fruit and coulis, don't add too much coulis though as it may make your meringue a bit wet!





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