I’ve got an exam today, at the worst time of day and the worst day of the week. Who schedules an exam on a Saturday afternoon? and WHY? jeeeez
Well because I had reached point of “I can’t be bothered anymore to know how people think when they have to spend their Dolla” I decided it would be a good idea to get temporarily distracted and make a pavlova 😀
Lorenzo, my youngest brother, came over for a short visit. He went to the market in town and bought these strawberries that are as big as my hand and half of his, and we are talking HUGe! So we used the “special” ones for the filling and the normal looking ones as a topping.
So the idea was to use my mom’s friend’s recipe…to be fair I tweaked it just a little bit and well it didn’t turn out as pretty as I imagined it but it tasted great all the same 😉
Pavlova recipe is very similar to the meringue, but instead of forming a hard crust on the outside, this one stays fluffy and soft, it reminded me a lot of angel food cake.
Ingredients: (my version)
4 eggs whites (preferably room temperature)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cream of tartar
1tsp lemon juice
For the filling and topping
200 gr of (double) cream
2tsp icing sugar
200 gr chopped up strawberries+ 11 small strawberries to cover in chocolate
100 gr milk chocolate
Turn the oven at 180°.
Whisk the eggs white and gradually add in the sugar till incorporated and then add the rest of the ingredients. You know it’s ready when there are soft peaks and if you turn the egg mix upside down it shouldn’t even budge and stay in the bowl defying gravity 😀 lol
The instructions were to place all the eggs white mix on baking paper on a tray, but I wanted to be special so I split the mix in half and made two layers in two different trays or the same if yours is big enough. No need for piping bags or anything just spoon the mix on the tray in a circle shape, place it in the oven at 180° for 10 mins and then lower to 150° for an hour or so. It should be white as snow but mine turned slightly brown. Once the time was up, turned the oven off and left the pavlova layers to cool in there.
Whilst that is baking, I melted the milk chocolate at bagnomaria (the chocolate is in a glass or metal bowl placed in a pan with hot water over the stove), washed and carefully dried my chosen 11 strawberries and covered them 🙂 put in the fridge to solidify
Once the pavlova is cooled completely, whip the cream and sugar, spoon in the bottom layer and cover it with all the chopped strawberries.
Place the other layer on top, cover that in whipped cream and decorate it with the chocolate strawberries and Voilà!
It’s all done. (Keep in the fridge before serving)
that was my Pre-exam treat, hope I deserved it 😛
Ciao for now! xx