Pavlova with passionfruit curd

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Feeds

    six

Appears in

Old Food

Old Food

By Jill Dupleix

Published 1998

  • About

History and rumour have it that the pavlova was created in Australia in 1935 by a Perth hotel chef called Bert Sachse, and was named after the great ballerina Anna Pavlova, who had successfully performed there a few years earlier. But history and rumour can be challenged, and there is reason to believe that meringue cakes of a similar style were common in New Zealand years earlier. I like to make mine in free-range blobs rather than neat, suburban rings.

Ingredients

Meringue

  • 6 egg whites
  • 200 g (7 oz) caster sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp boiling water

Cream

Method

Heat oven to 120°C (250°F).

Beat egg whites in a clean dry bowl until firm. Add sugar and beat strongly for 5 good minutes. Add vanilla extract, water, and vinegar and fold through egg whites.

Plop six large spoonfuls of meringue onto a baking tray covered with baking paper. Bake for 1 hour until crisp but still pale on the outside, and a bit soft and marshmallowy inside. Turn off oven and leave meringues to cool in the oven for a further hour.

Store in an airtight jar or tin until needed. Beat cream until thick and ploppy, and stir in yoghurt.

Top each meringue with a spoonful of yoghurt cream, and a spoonful of passionfruit curd, or passionfruit pulp, and serve.