4 large eggs – whites only
250 Caster sugar
1 pinch salt
4 tsp cornflour
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tsp white wine vinegar
170g Whipping Cream
170 g Rasberries
170 g Blackberries (Optional)
Icing sugar for dusting
Dark chocolate fro grating
When in season fresh begonia flowers and leaves can be added for effect. (see photo below)
Hint! Wash the raspberries, raspberries, grapes and blackberries first, place on a paper towel and allow to dry. This will allow the final dusting to not dissolve on the fruit.
Using two baking sheets cut parchment paper to size and mark six large and six small circled on the parchment paper (use a soft pencil as the marked side is placed down and need to show through the paper – used as a guide for piping circles)
Preheat oven to 250º F (120ºC) *
Whisk egg whites adding the salt. When they hold peaks gently add sugar one tbsp at a time and whisk until all the sugar is used and the eggs are smooth and shiny.
Sprinkle in the cornflour, add the vanilla and the vinegar and whisk a few times to combine.
Spoon the mixture into a pipping tube/bag and, following the circles, make six large and six smaller nests – a little higher on the edges of the larger ones. (Any extra mixture just make a few more of each)
Place in oven and bake. After 30 minutes turn the oven off and leave them for another 30 minutes until crisp on the outside. Turn the oven off, open the oven door a crack and let them cool completely. Remove them from the oven and slide the parchment paper over cooling racks ready for assembly.
*Ovens vary, but ‘low and slow’ is the way to go (if they start to brown, turn ‘em down) take more time to dry out if required.
Whisk the Cream until stiff.
Spoon the cream into the large meringue cups
Add a few raspberries and sliced grapes (blackberries optional) on top of the cream and dust with icing sugar
Add a spoonful of cream in the center of the fruit, place the small meringue on top and dust again.
This is a small fruit plate to demonstrate how begonia flowers and leaves may be used to decorate the Pavlova.