Strawberry Pavlova Recipe
In my opinion there is no fruit more closely associated with the English summer than the strawberry. Wimbledon may last for just one fortnight each year, but our love of these sweet little berries lasts as long as the bushes bear fruit.
The eternal classic, strawberries and cream, is delicious in its own right, but – for those of us who have decided to waive the summer body campaign – the addition of crisp, chewy meringue with a marshmallow centre only serves to make the season even more sublime.
Shamefully, in my family we found that this recipe served up the perfect portion for three greedy girls. But, for those of you with more self control, you should be able to serve six.
It’s worth noting that the fat content in meringues is virtually non-existent (but with a high sugar count!). So, if you are looking for a low calorie alternative, cut the cream and pile the fruit high. The perfect centrepiece for your tea party table and the dessert table at any summer wedding (minus the wedding cake, obviously)!
- 3 egg whites
- 6oz castor sugar
- Extra thick double cream
- Fresh strawberries
When separating your eggs take great care not to let any yolk contaminate your whites. If you get any of the fatty yolks in the bowl, your eggs will be foamy but never stiff and fluffy. Because of this, I would recommend using a glass or metal bowl rather than plastic.
Beat the egg whites until they start to stiffen.
Gradually beat in the sugar a little at a time. Once everything is combined, you should be left with a glossy mix that forms peaks when you remove the whisk.
Spoon onto a sheet of baking paper, leaving a thinner layer in the centre and building up the edges of your meringue to create the well for your cream and strawberry filling.
Bake at 140C for 1 hour, then leave in the oven to cool for several hours. If you have a fan oven and prefer your meringues to be drier and less marshmallowy, extend the cooking time by 20-30 minutes.
When ready to serve, spoon on your cream and top with all the strawberries you can cram on.