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Mini Pavlova Meringues

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.

Variations:
• 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.

Margaret Hirsch
Margaret Hirsch
Hirsch COO runs South Africa’s top independence appliance company that specialises in all appliances, electronics, furniture and bedding. They give the best deals and the best prices and everything is guaranteed.