And for something so pretty, this recipe is shamefully easy to make...
Step 1: Ingredients
- 5 egg whites
- pinch of salt
- 1 1/4 cups superfine (castor) sugar
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 2 tsp white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Step 2: Prep work
Place a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie tray, and trace an 8-inch circle in the center. Flip upside down (you should still be able to see the circle). This will be your guide for shaping the meringue.
Step 3: Make Meringue
Beat the egg whites on medium-high speed in your standing mixer for about 3 minutes, or until peaks form.
Switch the mixer to medium speed. Add your sugar, one spoonful at a time, and continue to beat until your meringue has stiff and shiny peaks. Add vanilla.
With your rubber spatula, carefully fold in the cornstarch and vinegar. You add these two ingredients so your Pavlova's crust is dry and crisp, and the interior remains soft and fluffy, like a marshmallow.