Monday, 25 January 2010

Australia Day Special - Pavlova

It's Australia Day tomorrow. The 26th January. It's where we celebrate being Australian, and everything that our wonderful country has acheived...
There's also fireworks.. :)

If you're looking for something to take to your Australia Day bbq/party, this is something quick you can whip up last minute. Printable Here

You Will Need...
Approximately 1/2 tablespoon cream (whipped or thickened) per pavlova nest - optional.
Your choice of fruit. I used kiwi fruit, strawberries and passionfruit.

Preheat your oven to 140 degrees celsius. Line a tray with baking paper.
Place your eggwhites into a clean, dry bowl and beat until they are fluffy.
Use your whisk attachement on your stand mixer, or your hand beaters are perfect.When the egg whites are nice and fluffy, add the sugar slowly. A little at a time. You want the sugar to be completely whisked in.
You know they're done when you rub a little meringue between your fingers and can't feel any sugar granules.
And you want it to look like this. Nice and glossy. Able to stand up by itself.Put your meringue mixture into a piping bag fitted with a large nozzle. Open, star, whatever really.Pipe 'nests' onto a tray lined with baking paper. Start with the base, and then add a second layer around the edge to create the nest. You don't want your fruit/cream to fall out!Place them in the oven for about an hour. Turn the oven off, and let them sit for 1-2 hours with the door slightly ajar.
Take them out of the oven, and put a dollop of cream in the middle of the nest. (This is optional, some people don't like cream, but they do like the meringue part!)
Top with your favourite fruit - kiwi fruit, strawberry, passionfruit.

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