Pavlova.

My mum makes a good pav. So does my mum-in-law. My mum likes to add lots of cream and berries. My mother-in-law adds a layer of custard in the middle.

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It’s not the most healthy dessert (although you could say it’s high-protein cause of all the egg whites)! But an occasional splurge calls for a something special. Something like pavlova.

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Here’s my recipe: 

Ingredients: 

  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 1/3 cups castor sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 250ml cream
  • 1 punet strawberries

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. Line baking tray with baking paper, then dust paper with 1 teaspoon cornflour.
  3. Using electric mixer beat egg whites in large bowl until soft peaks form. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until thick and glossy. Add remaining cornflour with last tablespoon of sugar. Fold through vanilla and vinegar.
  4. Spoon meringue onto baking paper and shape into circle with a slightly higher edge and lower centre.
  5. Use a knife to draw the meringue upwards around the edge. This will keep it from collapsing.
  6. Slide tray into oven and reduce heat to 100°C and bake for 1 1/4 or until dry and crisp.
  7. Turn off oven and open door. Allow to cool completely.
  8. Slide onto serving plate and top with whipped cream and strawberries.
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