Fresh cherry pavlova

  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 90 minutes
  • Total time: 2 hours

Serves: 10

Ingredients

300ml Waitrose Merlot Grape Juice
50g caster sugar
1 lemongrass stalk, halved lengthways (optional)
300g Waitrose Cherries
300ml tub essential Waitrose Double Cream

For the pavlova:

175g caster sugar
75g light brown muscovado sugar
5 medium Waitrose British Blacktail Free Range Egg whites
1 tsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cornflour

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6 and line a baking tray with parchment.

2. Combine the 2 sugars for the pavlova. Whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl until stiff, then add 1 tbsp of the sugars at a time whisking continuously, until smooth and glossy.

3. In a separate bowl, combine the vinegar, vanilla and cornflour then whisk this into the meringue. Spoon the mixture onto the parchment and spread out to make a circle roughly 22cm in diameter (see cook’s tip).

4. Place in the oven and reduce the heat to 150°C, gas mark 2. Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes until golden, then turn off the oven, open the door and leave the pavlova inside to cool completely.

5. Place the juice and sugar in a saucepan and gently heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the lemongrass (if using), turn up the heat for 10 minutes and reduce the juice by half. Set aside several cherries to decorate, then halve and stone those remaining. Add the halved cherries to the juice pan and simmer for 2 minutes then turn off the heat and leave to cool.

6. To serve, whip the double cream and spoon over the pavlova. Top with the cherry syrup and whole cherries.