Christmas Pavlova Wreath

Find out how to make a Christmas Pavlova Wreath. If I can do this, anyone can, seriously!

An attractive looking dessert that's great to feed a crowd.

Christmas pavlova wreath

What is Pavlova?

Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. It has a crisp crust and soft, light inside, usually topped with fruit and whipped cream. Source Wikipedia.

What is Meringue?

A sweet dessert made by baking a mixture of beaten egg whites and sugar until crisp but still soft, light and fluffy in the middle. 

Can you freeze a Pavlova Base?

You can pop undecorated pavlovas into the freezer and thaw them when needed.

Apparently, they will freeze for up to 3 months; although I've never tried and personally I'd say not to. I just think they most certainly will not be quite the same.

Also, who actually has room in their freezer for such a thing? But if really you must, to freeze your pavlova you need to wrap it well with a food and freezer safe plastic bag.

Then wrap in several layers of foil, making sure each layer is tightly sealed.

How to make Pavlova - see recipe card for full details

In a cup mix the white wine vinegar together with the cornflour and set aside.

To make the meringue, tip the egg whites into a mixing bowl and whisk with an electric whisk until they form soft peaks when the whisk is removed.

Now add the sugar, 1 tablespoon or so at a time while whisking until it is all combined.

Now whisk for a few minutes more of high speed and once you have nice firmish peaks add the white wine vinegar and cornflour and then whisk for a further minute more.

whisking egg whites

The best part is decorating your masterpiece!

You can use whatever berries you like, but I like this mixture of raspberries, blueberries and strawberries.


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How to make a Christmas Pavlova Wreath

How to make a Christmas Pavlova Wreath

Top with berries, but most fruits work well so feel free to use what's in season. It's a great dessert for Christmas because it can be made well ahead.
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 1 H & 15 Minactive time: 2 HourTotal time: 3 H & 45 M

Ingredients

For the meringue:
  • 6 egg whites
  • 300g (10oz) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • 1½ teaspoon white wine vinegar
For the topping
  • 300ml double cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 100g dark chocolate - melted
  • 80g raspberries
  • 80g blueberries
  • 60g strawberries

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 160C/140C Fan/Gas 3
  1. Line a baking tray with nonstick baking paper and, using a pencil, mark out a circle 25cm (10in) in diameter in the middle.
  2. In a cup mix the white wine vinegar together with the cornflour and set aside.
  3. To make the meringue, tip the egg whites into a mixing bowl and whisk with an electric whisk until they form soft peaks when the whisk is removed.
  4. Now add the sugar, 1 tablespoon or so at a time while whisking until it is all combined.
  5. Now whisk for a few minutes more of high speed and once you have nice firmish peaks add the white wine vinegar and cornflour, and then whisk for a further minute more.
  6. Spoon large, equal dollops of the meringue mix along the inside of the circle line to form a wreath shape.
  7. Put the meringue in the oven and immediately reduce the temperature to Gas 1/140°C or Fan 120°C and bake for 1 hour–1 hour 15 minutes, until the outside is hard but still white.
  8. Turn the oven off and leave the pavlova inside for an hour or overnight to cool and dry.
When you
  1. Carefully peel off the baking paper and transfer to a serving platter. If a little crack appears fear not as you can disguise it with the cream and berries  -  if you look carefully you'll see a little bit of mine actually broke off but not to worry!
  2. In a clean bowl using the whisk attachment, whip the cream, sugar and vanilla extract until soft and thick.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir the chocolate until completely melted.
  4. Now spoon the whipped cream over the wreath and add the berries. 
  5. Drizzle the chocolate over by spooning chocolate onto a fork and using a left to right motion to drizzle over the meringue and berries.

Notes:

The pavlova can be made up to 1 month ahead and stored: wrap it in cling film and then foil and store in a cool place.
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