Glut of Strawberries? – Heres the answer!!

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

8 Comments on “Glut of Strawberries? – Heres the answer!!

  1. Saw Delia whip one of these up but me and meringues are like oil and water – I mix, it sinks to the bottom! You have given me the courage to try yet again. Looks gorgeous – well done

    Laura x

  2. I had a version many years ago with both white and dark Belgian chocolate pieces, blueberries and raspberries and whipped cream laced with Grand Marnier – you know anything involving berries, cream, cheese and meringue – how could you ever go wrong? Your sons were very lucky young men.

  3. Mmmmmmmmmmm – naughty but nice. I am away from my strawberry patch for a couple of days but maybe one to try when I get home. I am not surprised that it did not last long 🙂

  4. Oh my Helen, that looks absolutely delicious! I haven’t heard of this dessert before, but I can see I’ll want to try it.

  5. Patiopatch – Delia says you start the whisking of the eggs slowly so they dont collapse, maybe thats where you went wrong

    Barbarapc – that sounds completely decadent and yummy

    Linda/Catherine – Pavlova is named after a ballet dancer (I think), it is popular in the summer here in the UK, loaded with lots of yummy summer berries

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