I feel an overwhelming urge to share with you my Pavlova success. I could pretend that I was suffering from a strawberry glut just as Anna at Greentapestry is but no one who knows me would believe me as they all know I don’t grow edibles. No I was completely taken in by Waitrose’s marketing ploy where they supply on an aisle end a weekly recipe either by Delia Smith or Heston Blumenthal with all the ingredients you need. This is the first time I have succumbed to the whole package, although I have picked up a few of the recipes.
Now I have made Pavolvas before but the last one was a disaster and I have avoided them since. This weekend I decided it was time to face my fears and give it another go. As it was so ridiculously hot I didn’t want to have the oven on for an hour in the middle of the day, so I made the meringue base on Saturday evening and then took Delia’s advice and left it to dry out in the oven. In fact I left mine until the following afternoon. The cream in the middle is a simple mix of mascarpone cheese, fromage frais and sugar and then you make a simple strawberry puree to pour over the top.
The assembly complete I took a quick photo of my masterpiece which was lucky as just after I took the photo there was a snappy sound and the meringue started to crack. The reason is that I should have put it on a completely flat plate instead of a dinner plate with a dip in the centre!
The verdict from my teenage sons was yum yum yum yum – all gone!!!
This is such a simple pudding but it looks very glamorous and as if you have taken loads of time making it. definitely, a pudding to impress with!! So if you are invited to a BBQ this summer and need to take a pud give it a go, though if it were me I would do the final assembly when you get there.
If you would like the recipe you can access it from the Waitrose website here