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Named after the ballerina, this traditional Australian dessert is just as light, delicate, and delicious as you'd hope. A thick layer of whipped cream piled on a baked meringue cake, topped off with whatever fresh fruit you can get your hands on - a perfect addition to any summer picnic!

And for something so pretty, this recipe is shamefully easy to make...
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Step 1: Ingredients

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For the meringue you'll need:
  • 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
along with a standing mixer with whisk attachment, parchment paper, cookie tray, rubber spatula, and an oven.

Step 2: Prep work

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Set oven for 350°

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

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If you haven't already, separate your egg whites.

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.

Step 4: Spread Meringue

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Use the spatula to pile your meringue into the center of your traced circle on the parchment paper on the cookie tray. Using the circle as a guide, spread the mixture to make a circular mound, keeping the sides higher than the center. 
Oh wow that looks delicious! Like fruit sandwiches only crispy.
Oh it looks so yummy! I'm not too handy in the kitchen, but maybe I'll give it a try for this tasty treat.
sarah051481 year ago
Yum, yum-Our family loves Pavlova. This is a great festive dessert If you have any friends or family who don't like birthday cake. I am making one for my grandson who unaccountably doesn't like cake. also great as it gluten free for his GF mom-- a double winner at our house.
fonzuzu3 years ago
do u think i could use greased aluminum foil instead of parchment paper because were i live u dont get parchment paper.
Here's a couple of articles, which tell what you can use when you don't have parchment paper when baking. Hope this helps a bit:

ynze2 years ago
Thanks for the recipe! Works like a charm. See the pics :-)

mystraness2 years ago
That looks good!! :) But you could have a war on your hands if any other 'Kiwis' see that you refer to this as being an Australian dessert!! lol We New Zealanders are certain that it's an NZ creation! Why else would you decorate it with Kiwifruit?!?! :)
How much sugar? You say 1 1/4 but is is teaspoons, tablespoons, cups?
kazmataz (author)  josheggleston3 years ago
good catch - it's cups! I'll fix that now.
stoeff3 years ago
.........oh heaven............
It looks great.