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Delia's Strawberry and vanilla pavlova
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"This was one of last year’s most successful recipes, so I’m delighted it’s being included again. Meringue can be tricky if you don’t have the right recipe, but dead easy if you do! What we’re aiming for here is light as a whisper on the outside and soft and chewy within. It’s my belief that the secret of successful meringues of any sort is to let them dry out completely, which is what this method does perfectly. It’s a given that this is one of the great desserts of all time." Delia
For the filling:
Icing sugar to dust
You will need an electric whisk, a skewer and a medium baking sheet lined with baking parchment.
For the meringue:
Preheat the oven to 150C, gas mark 2. For the meringue, place the egg whites in a large clean bowl and whisk them until they form stiff peaks (it’s very important to whisk slowly at first and not to over-whisk the egg whites because, if you do, they will start to collapse).
Now start to whisk in the 175g sugar, about 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking after each addition until all the sugar is in. Then take a metal tablespoon and spoon about one third of the meringue mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, forming a circle about 20cm in diameter.
Then, spoon round blobs next to each other so that they join up to form a circle all around the edge. Now, using the tip of a skewer, make little swirls in the meringue. Pop it in the oven, then immediately turn down the heat to 140C, gas mark 1 and leave it for 1 hour. Then turn the heat off, leaving the pavlova inside the oven until cold.
When you’re ready to serve the pavlova (up to an hour ahead) whisk the filling ingredients together. Now put one third of the strawberries into a mini chopper or a processor with the 1 dessertspoon of sugar. Whizz to a purée, then sieve into a bowl. Halve the remaining strawberries leaving the small ones whole.
Then lift the pavlova from the baking sheet, peel off the paper and place it on a serving dish. Next, spoon the vanilla cream into the centre, arrange the strawberries on top, dust with a little sifted icing sugar and pour the purée over just before serving, cut into wedges.
You can make this recipe using 3 medium whites and 155g sugar. Recipe adapted from Delia Smith’s Complete Cookery Course published by BBC Books 1978. Copyright © Delia Smith 2010
Eton mess is another classic strawberry and cream dessert, visit Delia Online for Delia's recipe.
Typical values per serving:
This recipe was first published in June 2010.