Friday, May 20, 2011

Mango Passionfruit Pavlova


What is your perfect dessert? As I was eating this, all I could think was that this was it. It had all the things I like in desserts: contrasting textures, sweet and tart flavours, tropical fruit, acidity, and lashings of cream. As an added bonus, it helped to use up some of the egg whites that were taking over my fridge. Pavlovas require a bit of advance planning, as they take a while to bake, but once they are baked you can throw them together very quickly. And, on a grey and rainy day, you too can enjoy a melt-in-your-mouth taste of sunshine!
Pavlova
Makes 2 individual servings
1 egg white
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
½ teaspoon vinegar
a bit of vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 300℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment. Beat egg whites to soft peaks, then beat in sugar gradually, until they hold firm peaks. Quickly beat in cornstarch, vinegar and vanilla. Form meringue into 2 mounds on baking sheet, making a dip in the centre to hold the filling. Place in oven and immediately reduce temperature to 250℉. Bake for 1 hour, until crisp but not browned. Turn oven off and cool in over with door propped open.
Topping
1 mango, peeled and thinly sliced with a vegetable peeler
1 passionfruit, halved, and pulp and seeds scraped out
¼-⅓ cup whipping cream, chilled

Beat whipping cream to soft peaks and dollop on cooled meringues. Top with mango and then passionfruit. Eat. Repeat as necessary.

13 comments:

yummychunklet said...

You know, I've always wanted to try a pavlova and I love that you included an individual sized portion. I'll be trying this very soon!

juliana said...

it looks amaizing! i love the mango/passion fruit combination

Rambling Tart said...

Mmm, I love pavlovas!! I had my first passionfruit one in Australia this year. Delish!! :-) Yours are so cute.

Marcellina said...

Mary, you know the way to my heart! Pavlova is by far my fav dessert!

lifeisfull said...

This looks great, delicious fruit combination too. Good job, mate! ;-)

Valerie said...

Mary this sounds delicious, and it's so gorgeous to look at too!
Nicely done, it's always fun to put past Daring Bakers recipes to work. :D

Renata said...

Mary, that's a piece of heaven on a plate!

Gloria said...

I love mangos and passion fruit and this look delicious! gloria

Margie said...

Gorgeous pavlova! It's been on my list of recipes to master, would love to give this version a try, though not sure where to score passionfruit.

Jennifurla said...

Gorgeous creation

TeaLady said...

What a great summery treat.

One of Ottawa's Real Foodies said...

I have to think that this tastes as good as it looks. Gorgeous presentation!

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

Love the small recipe for the pavlova...2 rings only. And what a great choice of fruits too. Y u m m y