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The Most Perfect Pavlova

Posted By Helen Jackson On October 20, 2012 @ 9:52 am In Christmas Recipes,Dessert Recipes,Recipes | 28 Comments

I have made this recipe for quite a few years now and it has always been a success.
The crust is usually very crisp with a marshmallow centre.
This year (2016) I tried reducing the sugar back by 1/4 cup which meant the crust was not as crisp, more firm and chewy than crunchy but meant it was easy to slice without cracking.



  • 6 size 7 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water


Preheat oven to 110 C. Place egg whites in the bowl of a mixer (ensuring bowl and whisk are perfectly clean). Whisk until soft peaks form when the beater is lifted from the mixture. Continue to mix, gradually adding sugar at a tablespoon or so at a time and waiting between each addition, add cornflour with last of the sugar. Adding all of the sugar could take 5-6 minutes. Continue to mix until you can't feel any sugar when a small amount of mixture is rubbed between your index finger and thumb. Lastly add vinegar, vanilla and boiling water and allow to mix a minute more. Using a pencil draw a 24cm circle with a cake pan for guidance on a piece of baking paper. Place the baking paper, pencil side down, on a baking tray. Spoon the meringue into the circle, smoothing the sides. Place the tray in the oven and cook for 1 1/2 hours. Turn the oven off without opening the door and allow to cool for at least 2 hours more or overnight. Invert pavlova onto a serving plate, peel off baking paper and top with whipped cream and fruit.

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