A national favourite, this light and delicious pavlova will really get you and your guests into the Christmas spirit.
Serves 10, Prep time: 20 mins, Cooking time: 60 mins.
- 4 large egg whites
- 1 cup caster sugar
- 1 tbsp cornflour
- 2 tsp white vinegar
- 11⁄2 x 250g punnet strawberries, hulled and quartered
- 2 x 120g punnet raspberries
- 350ml light cream
- Mint leaves to garnish
Preheat oven to 120 ̊C and line two baking trays with some baking paper. Draw a large circle (25cm in diameter) on each piece of baking paper. Place egg whites into an electric mixer and beat on medium high speed until stiff peaks form. Gradually add sugar, one tablespoon at a time, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is thick and glossy. Gently fold in the cornflour and vinegar. Divide mixture evenly between trays and spread with the back of a spoon until they’re an even thickness. Bake for 50 minutes, swapping trays half way, until mixture is dry and crisp. Turn the oven off but leave meringues there for one hour, or until completely cooled.Combine berries in a large mixing bowl. Beat cream with electric beaters to soft peaks. Place one of the meringue discs onto serving plate and spread with one third of the cream. Scatter one third of the berries on top of the cream and place remaining meringue on top. Spoon the remaining cream on top and pile on the berries. Garnish with mint leaves and serve. TIP: The meringue discs can be made the day before. Keep them on the baking paper and store in an airtight container.