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RECIPE: (New Zealand!) Pavlova

While its origin is open to some debate, pavlova's deliciousness definitely is not.

Here's a recipe from across the ditch, to mark the re-opening of borders between Australia and New Zealand. Enjoy!




  • 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 110C.

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 1.5 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 (kiwi, berries or whatever you like really).


Recipe courtesy of Helen Jackson.


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Published: 19 October 2020

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