Saturday, October 22, 2005

Simply Delightful!



There are a few simple joys in my life, one of which is something i look forward to in the mail, my bi-monthly issue of Cuisine. I love that magazine! I enjoy the gorgeous pictures, articles that i find both deliciously written and informative at the same time. This issue of Cuisine, they presented one of my favourite desserts while i was living in college at University in Australia, Pavlovas!!!

A pavlova is a meringue dessert named after a Russion Ballet dancer called Anna Pavlova. The true origin of Pavlova is not known but between the Aussies and the Kiwis, both claim their country as the true origin of this lovely dessert.

I remembered how i could never get enough of Pavlovas everytime its on the dinner menu at college! Looking at the menu within Cuisine, i knew i HAD to bake it and start indulging and reminiscing together with my preggy kitchen angel, koko.

Strawberry Pavlovas

Ingredients:

Pavlovas
5 large egg whites
350g castor sugar
1 tsp cornflour
2 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla essence

Strawberries
500g strawberries, hulled and halved
juice and zest of 1 large lemon
1/2 cup castor sugar

500ml cream, whipped

Method:

Pre-heat the oven to 130 degrees C.
Line a baking sheet with baking paper. Place all ingredients above into an electric mixer bowl and beat on full power for about 8min until very thick and white.
Place 8 large spoonfuls, well spaced on the baking paper.
Bake for 40min. Take out of the oven and cool. Carefully take off the paper. Store in an air-tight container.

Strawberries to serve

Put strawberries, lemon juice and zest and sugar into a bowl and mix well. Reserve for 30min. Spoon whipped cream over the top of each pavlova and pile the strawberries on top.

I made a strawberry compote as an alternative topping . The recipe as follows:

1/2 cup raisins
zest and juice of 1 orange
1 cup medium sherry
3 tbsp castor sugar
500g strawberries, hulled and halved

Method:
Put raisins, zest, juice, sherry and sugar and bring to boil, mixing well to dissolve the sugar.
Simmer for 15min, then remove from heat and cool completely.

As you can see from my picture, i loaded the pavlova with fatty whipped cream...forget about the calories, that's the proper way to enjoy a pavlova!

4 Comments:

Blogger Patt said...

I wish i had n t read this i need a diet but thanks anyway .

8:29 PM  
Blogger Mona said...

Wow, that looks soooo good! Holy Moly, I love strawberry desserts. Last night we had a delish strawberry crumble, one of the best crumbles I've ever had...that pavlova looks amazing!

2:44 AM  
Blogger Deetourguide said...

Skrat, Looks absolutely delish! Totally agree on the using full fat cream bit! Funny, it seems we're on a strawberry and cream motif! Just a few days ago, I made trifles using the same ingredients. See?

4:02 PM  
Blogger Skrat said...

Hi patt,
yeah desserts are not good for anyone mindful of their calories. At the rate im going with all the cooking and baking, i will need one soon! Thanks for dropping by anyways!

Hi mona,
thanks! Lovely to know that you've got the same strawberry cravings as i did over the weekend! Try the pavlova, i promise you are gonna want more than one! Check out my buddy's website (http://deetour.blogspot.com/2005/10/its-not-just-trifle-its-serious.html), she also did a strawberry trifle which looks just too gorgeous to eat!

12:15 AM  

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