Christmas Chocolate Pavlova

Chocolate Pavlova

This Christmas, give our twist on the classic pavlova a whirl!
Summer Berries Pavlova, flavoured with our rich cocoa and drizzled generously with melted organic chocolate.
Crisp on the outside with a heavenly marshmallow-like centre, this dessert is perfect for the holidays!

Wholesome Patisserie
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 90 minutes
Rest Time: 3-4 hours - overnight
Serves: 6-8

Ingredients

Meringue

  • 8 large egg whites (keep covered in small bowl until room temperature)
  • 2 cups white caster sugar ( superfine sugar)
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Organic Times Cocoa Powder

Toppings

Method

Meringue

  1. NOTE: before whipping egg whites, ensure the mixing bowl and electric beater/whisk attachment you’re using are both thoroughly clean and completely dry from any grease, dust and water. This will ensure optimal results for meringue.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 150ºC (302ºF). Line 2 large baking trays with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Ensure egg whites are at room temperature before whipping. NOTE: make sure there is zero bits of egg yolk in the egg whites, otherwise the egg whites won’t whip properly.
  4. Use a large bowl stand mixer attached with a whip. Or a large mixing bowl using a hand electric beater.
  5. Add egg whites to mixing bowl. Have sugar measured out and ready to go.
  6. Start whipping on medium speed to gradually aerate egg whites. Whip until egg whites reach soft peaks. Soft peaks = tip will curl and slowly fall back on itself.
  7. Once soft peaks have been reached, start to add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Wait 30 seconds between each addition of sugar, to ensure the sugar dissolves.
  8. Once all the sugar has been added, check to see if it has been dissolved by rubbing a small amount of meringue between your fingers. It should feel smooth, if it feels gritty, continue whipping meringue in 2-minute increments until completely dissolved.
  9. Once sugar is dissolved, add white vinegar and beat meringue for a further 6 minutes or until stiff, glossy peaks. Peaks will hold their shape when lifted.
  10. Sift cocoa powder over meringue and gently fold through using a spatula until just combined.
  11. Spoon half the meringue onto one of the baking trays and spread out into a large round, smoothing out the top.
  12. Spoon remaining half onto second baking tray and spread out into a large round, smoothing out the top.
  13. Place trays in oven and reduce heat to 120ºC (248ºF).
  14. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until the outside of the meringues are crisp and firm.
  15. Turn oven off and leave meringues in the oven to cool completely, approx. 3-4 hours or preferably overnight.
  16. Once cooled completely, remove from oven.

Assemble

  1. Pour cream into a mixing bowl and add vanilla. Use an electric beater and whip cream to firm peaks.
  2. Spread half the whipped cream onto the base meringue.
  3. Top with some sliced cherries and strawberries.
  4. Carefully place second meringue on top of the base layer.
  5. Spread over remaining cream.
  6. Top with fresh cherries and strawberries.
  7. Drizzle over melted chocolate.
  8. Serve and enjoy! Or store in a large airtight container, refrigerated, for 2-3 days. You may also store away baked meringues and assemble the topping before serving on the day.
2 Christmas Chocolate Pavlovas with Organic Times Cocoa Powder

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