segunda-feira, 15 de março de 2010

{like taking a bite at a cloud}

pavlova shouldn't be allowed to be so tasty! i had my first Pavlova last year, in Ireland and have been meaning to try making it since then. it takes a little bit of time, but it's worth it - like eating fluffy clouds.

pre-heat the oven to 180 ºC
so, all you need is to beat 6 egg whites. add 300 g of fine sugar, slowly, like a spoonful at a time. add a wee bit of vinegar (maybe about a Tblsp). on a tray, and over some parchment paper, pour your merengue. put it in the oven. turn it down to 150 ºC and let it cook for about an hour.
let the merengue cool a bit and then top it with whipping cream and your choice of fruit. but i must say wild berries work wonderfully (especially if you can get them fresh).

a few notes
:: the vinegar is supposed to help create a crispy outside, yet a goey, marshmallow-y inside
:: you shouldn't open your oven until an hour has passed
:: there are all sorts of pavlova recipes. the one that served as a base for this one, was one by Nigela. i think she's so funny. the way she talks poetically about food, how unpretencious she is and how she loves to eat :)
:: sis is posing here, giving the first few bites (because yummy stuff must be shared)
:: the day after i made this one, i made another one while visiting my parents and brothers (you know, that thing about sharing... and also because i had to have another piece before starting a diet)