Pavlova

Pavlova- this super simple recipe shows you step by step how to make pavlova from someone who has been making it for 30 years! Everyone will absolutely love this dessert!
I’ve had this idea since about the time I started food blogging to travel around to all of my friends and families’ houses and photograph them making their signature dish. I have this theory that even those people that can’t cook at all still have at least one signature dish under their belt. Maybe it’s just a fancy pants ramen dish? I don’t know. But I want to see it. Share it with me!
Pavlova- this super simple recipe shows you step by step how to make pavlova from someone who has been making it for 30 years! Everyone will absolutely love this dessert!

Because this is what recipe sharing used to be before the dawning of the internet. (I guess. I’m only really guessing here because I’m an internet generation baby…for the most part. The part of my life that I’ve cared about recipes).

You called up your aunt, your father, your grandmother, your best friends 2nd cousins gardener and asked “Hey, will you give me the recipe for that dish you made that one time?”. I imagine that they either handed you the ratty index card the recipe was written on OR they verbally gave you the directions and you wrote it down for yourself. Again, I’m only assuming here. These days, I use my iPad.

I’m starting this recipe sharing tour out at my mother-in-law’s house. I have a strong feeling that she wouldn’t consider Pavlova to be her signature dish. She bakes it well, don’t get me wrong. But I know she can cook much more elaborate things than this. However, I asked to know the recipe, and she shared.

I should also give a quick hello and thanks to Glenys (who the recipe originated from as you’ll see from above). She’s one of my mother-in-laws bestest friends who I had the pleasure of meeting while we were Cornwall for Christmas. Hello! Thanks!

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Pavlova- this super simple recipe shows you step by step how to make pavlova from someone who has been making it for 30 years! Everyone will absolutely love this dessert!

I had never had Pavlova until she made it for me on the first time I ever ate a meal at their house. It’s a meringue based dessert that’s baked and ends up crispy and delicious.

As I mentioned, this is pretty simple. But don’t worry, you have Mrs. Angela Britnell here to guide you through it.

Pavlova- this super simple recipe shows you step by step how to make pavlova from someone who has been making it for 30 years! Everyone will absolutely love this dessert!

Start by beating your egg whites in a large bowl until they’re frothy and eventually stiff. Gradually pouring, begin to beat in allll that delicious sugar until it’s thoroughly incorporated.

Pavlova- this super simple recipe shows you step by step how to make pavlova from someone who has been making it for 30 years! Everyone will absolutely love this dessert!

Next, add in the vanilla, cornstarch, and vinegar and beat until well mixed. And that’s it for the preparing! Easy so far, huh?

On a parchment lined, insulated baking sheet, spoon the mixture into circles of your desired size. You can theoretically make this one giant pavlova the size of a cake or, as we did, you can make them 5-7 inch wide circles. Make a well in the center of each pavlova. This is where the whipped cream goodness and fruit will sit later.

Pavlova- this super simple recipe shows you step by step how to make pavlova from someone who has been making it for 30 years! Everyone will absolutely love this dessert!

Simply bake for an hour and then let the sit in the turned off oven, with the door cracked a bit, for another hour. Letting them rest in the oven like this, I was told, is to prevent them from cracking too much. When they’re done, you’ll have something like this:

Pavlova- this super simple recipe shows you step by step how to make pavlova from someone who has been making it for 30 years! Everyone will absolutely love this dessert!
Pavlova- this super simple recipe shows you step by step how to make pavlova from someone who has been making it for 30 years! Everyone will absolutely love this dessert!

All that’s left to do is top with whipped creamy goodness

Pavlova- this super simple recipe shows you step by step how to make pavlova from someone who has been making it for 30 years! Everyone will absolutely love this dessert!

And a ton of fruit. Whatever kind you so please.

Pavlova- this super simple recipe shows you step by step how to make pavlova from someone who has been making it for 30 years! Everyone will absolutely love this dessert!

THIS is my favorite whipped cream recipe and I highly recommend that you make it. It takes even less time to prepare than the pavlova!

Pavlova- this super simple recipe shows you step by step how to make pavlova from someone who has been making it for 30 years! Everyone will absolutely love this dessert!

And that’s it. I hear this dessert is great to make the night before you’re expecting guests. Just put them in an air tight container and they’re just as fresh the next day. And it’ll highly impress your guests :)

Pavlova- this super simple recipe shows you step by step how to make pavlova from someone who has been making it for 30 years! Everyone will absolutely love this dessert!
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Pavlova


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6

Description

Pavlova


Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Whipped Cream (amount depends on your preferences but I’d say about 1.5 cups)
  • Fruit of your choice (again, amount depends on your preferences)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Beat your egg whites in a large bowl until they’re frothy and form soft peaks.
  3. Gradually pouring, begin to beat in all of the sugar and continue beating until the mixture forms hard peaks.
  4. Add in the vanilla, cornstarch, and vinegar and beat until well mixed.
  5. On a parchment lined, insulated baking sheet, spoon the mixture into circles of your desired size (~5-7 inches round).
  6. Make a well in the center of each pavlova.
  7. Bake for one hour. Once done, turn the oven off and let the pavlova sit in the oven with the door cracked open for about another hour. This is to prevent them from cracking.
  8. Finish by topping with whipped cream and fruit and ENJOY!
Pavlova- this super simple recipe shows you step by step how to make pavlova from someone who has been making it for 30 years! Everyone will absolutely love this dessert!
Pavlova- this super simple recipe shows you step by step how to make pavlova from someone who has been making it for 30 years! Everyone will absolutely love this dessert!

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9 comments on “Pavlova”

  1. Omgsh I LOVE this idea of seeing people signature recipes–such a cool way to pass on traditions :)

    Tori
    FashionBlingGirlyThings

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  3. My mouth is watering! Your beautiful photography and Angela’s delicious Pavlova are perfect complements.
    Thanks to you both for sharing your talents with us. And, thanks to you, Glenys, for the recipe and your long friendship with this great cook.

  4. I thoroughly enjoyed our baking session and am amazed to see everything looking so glamorous! The best loved recipe cards and books are always stained and marked – something an iPad can’t quite manage :)

  5. OMG Looks so beyond delicious!! I really want some now, if i knew mine would come out as nice as yours than I would definitely make them right away. But your food just looks so pretty and yummy, never know if mine will come out quite the same. But thank you for yet another delicious recipe and treat I want to break my diet for. LOL I just have to wait til cheat day to try these out.

    –Me And My Mini Me
    http://www.meandmyminime.com

  6. I’m happy to know there’s another Britnell cook in the family who can make beautiful
    Pavlova like Angela. I never got around to taking her class/

  7. Amazing!!! I wish I could make my pavlova look that good!! :/

  8. hmmmm I’m seeing this with peaches in my near future!

  9. they are beautiful! you make it look easy!