Meringues in many ways; little Pavlova nests are great to make ahead and they store for ages in a sealed container. Fill with fresh fruit, cream or yoghurt, chocolate, salted caramel, chocolate or berry mousse, ice-cream and so much more, let your imagination go wild.
Makes 30 – 36 meringue cases
8 egg whites (250 ml)
460 g castor sugar (560 ml)
10 ml vanilla essence
1. Preheat oven to 140°C/120ºC fan/ Gas mark 1.
2. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry, on high speed in an electric food mixer.
3. Fold in castor sugar a little at a time, beating well on high speed, continuously, until thick and soft peaks hold.
4. Add in vanilla essence.
5. Place mixture into a piping bag. Use two large baking sheets.
6. Draw a template of the size mini Pavlova required, onto the baking paper which will line the baking sheets. Pipe circles on baking paper.
7. Pipe a small amount in the middle, and smooth out to meet the outer circle of meringue.
8. Pipe another ring around the top outer edge.
9. Bake at 140°C/120ºC fan/ Gas mark 1 for 1 hour, and then turn down to 100°C/80ºC fan/ Gas mark ¼ for a further hour.
10. Allow to cool in the oven.
11. Store in a sealed container.
12. Fill with 250 ml whipped cream and fresh grape halves, mango, kiwi, pineapple, nectarine, strawberry slices/raspberries or blueberries or a mixture of fresh fruit.
• Use to make individual baby meringues – will make approximately 60.
• Sandwich together with lemon curd or passion fruit cream, or dip one edge in melted chocolate.
• Make 3 large 22 cm circles, when cold, sandwich together with cream, chocolate and/or fruit in season. Try using Salted Caramel Sauce with the cream and meringue- delicious! Drizzle with melted chocolate before serving.
• Add 100 g finely chopped nuts (hazelnuts are good) to mixture in step 4.
• Add 60 ml cocoa powder to mixture in step 4.
• Fill with flavoured yoghurt and fruit for a less fattening option.