Something Sweet for Mum

No matter how old we are, or how independent and mature we think we may be, one thing is certain… mum will be next to us at every stage of life’s journey, providing her advice and guidance, offering support and usually being our biggest fan.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and this is a great time to spoil mum!

This is her day to kick-back and get pampered! Are you thinking of hosting a lunch or dinner party in celebration of mum? One of life’s little pleasures is to share a sweet treat with family. If you’re thinking of a way to impress mum’s tastebuds this Mother’s Day why not try a delicious Pavlova? We can help with a recipe from our ‘My Table – Eating Your Way Around Our World’ recipe book.

Something Sweet for Mum

No matter how old we are, or how independent and mature we think we may be, one thing is certain… mum will be next to us at every stage of life’s journey, providing her advice and guidance, offering support and usually being our biggest fan.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and this is a great time to spoil mum!

This is her day to kick-back and get pampered! Are you thinking of hosting a lunch or dinner party in celebration of mum? One of life’s little pleasures is to share a sweet treat with family. If you’re thinking of a way to impress mum’s tastebuds this Mother’s Day why not try a delicious Pavlova? We can help with a recipe from our ‘My Table – Eating Your Way Around Our World’ recipe book.
Ingredients
4 large (or 5 smaller) egg whites, at room temperature
Pinch of salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons [280ml] superfine granulated sugar
2 teaspoons [10ml] cornstarch
1 teaspoon [5ml] distilled white vinegar
Few drops vanilla extract
1 ½ cups [375ml] heavy cream
1 tablespoon [15ml] powdered sugar
2 or 3 kiwi fruit, peeled and spiced
3 cups [750ml] fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 banana, peeled and sliced (optional)
Pulp of 2 passion fruits (optional)

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then trace a 10 inch [25 cm] circle on the paper. Preheat oven to 350 F [175 C].

Put egg whites and salt in a clean, dry bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on medium-low speed until frothy, about two minutes. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until whites form stiff but not dry peaks, about three minutes.

Gradually add the sugar while continuing to beat, then increase speed to high and beat until stiff and glossy, four or five more minutes. Sprinkle cornstarch, vanilla and vinegar over egg whites, then gently fold in.

Spoon the meringue into your parchment circle, spreading to fill and smoothing the top and sides. Put the meringue in the middle of your preheated oven, reduce the heat and bake for one hour. Turn off the heat and leave the meringue inside the oven, without opening the door, until completely cool, about four hours or even overnight.

Remove paper and place meringue on a cake plate. Whip cream to soft peaks, sweeten with powdered sugar and a few drops of vanilla, then pile on top of meringue. Arrange cut fruit over whipped cream. Just before serving, slice Pavlova into wedges.

Cook’s note: baking a meringue is more a process of drying out than of actually cooking, so be sure your oven is not too hot. Almost any kind of fruit works. Berries of some variety are a good bet, and fresh peaches or nectarines are perfect when they’re in season.

Delight mum with a simple and mouth-watering dessert this Mother’s Day. After all, we all enjoy a bit of indulgence and what’s better than a crispy meringue with melting insides, cool cream and the freshest of sweet fruits?