Monday, November 18, 2013

Holiday Recipes: Imogene Nix's Australian Pavlova

One of Australia's signature dishes, it was developed initially for Anna Pavlova in 1926. This creamy crunchy recipe is also a must at weddings and formal affairs and is topped with fresh seasonal fruit and thick whipped cream.

1 teaspoon cornflour
1 & 1/2 cups sugar (white)
2 large egg whites
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
4 tablespoons boiling water

Separate the egg whites carefully ensuring no yolk is retained, then beat until stiff peaks form. Add the sugar very slowly while beating on the highest setting.

Add the cornflour, then the vinegar and vanilla and slowly add the boiling water.

Keep whipping until the mixture is thick and white (usually around ten minutes.)

Line a pie tray with aluminium foil then carefully spread the mix onto pan base, remembering to push into any corners or fluted sides.

Bake in a moderately slow oven (160 - 220C or 325 - 350F) for ten minutes then turn down to a slow oven (150C or 300F) for the final 80 mins.

Like a sponge cake, these desserts are not good with lots of noise or banging while cooking, so it's best to keep that oven door closed!

Let the pavlova cool thoroughly before removing from the pan, then whip the cream (again till thick) and use ripe seasonal fruits to top.

Gather the ingredients

Separate yolks and Whites

Beat the whites until peaks appear then add other ingredients slowly

Fill the foil lined tin making sure to fill any flutes

Bake in moderate to slow oven

Remove from liner, place on plate and top with whipped fresh cream, chopped strawberries and kiwi fruit... or any other season fresh fruits.

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About Imogene Nix

Imogene is a mother of two, compulsive reader, and bookstore owner. She lives in regional Queensland, Australia with her husband, two daughters, dog, cats, guinea pigs, and chooks. She has a particular fondness for vampires, star ship captains, and things that go bump in the night (especially vampire types).

Imogene has tried many varied roles in her working life including kindergarten assistant, teacher, principal, and kindergarten and child care director, but rates owning a bookstore and writing her own novels as the absolute highlight.

In her mother and wife alter ego, she has travelled widely and lived in some very unique places including Far Western Queensland, Cape York, and even Tasmania. She loves to travel and rates China and Hong Kong among her favorite destinations.

She blames Star Trek Voyager, Firefly, and the works of Alexander Kent for her interest in naval activities and later space fleet interest.

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1 comment:

  1. One of my fave desserts! Hope you get a kick out of eating them :)