Named after the Russian Ballerina dancer Anna Pavlova, this impressive Australian dessert is made from baked meringue, whipped cream, and an assortment of fresh fruits. If you have grown up in Australia, then you must remember the pavlova you enjoyed with friends at backyard BBQs or the one that your grandma whipped for Christmas. If you are a fan of meringues, you will certainly love pavlova. The pavlova is chewy and crispy from the outside and has a marshmallow texture from the inside. As there is a lot of whipping involved in making this dessert, Galaxy Gas Whipped Cream Dispenser will make the procedure more convenient.
The dessert is easy to make and requires very few ingredients. This delicate dessert is topped with fresh spring berries on a whipped cream bed. You can bake and cool the meringue a day in advance for convenience. Then, when you have to serve it at the party, you can top it with whipped cream and berries. Pavlova is very light and fluffy, and it will satisfy your dessert cravings without giving the typical heavy feeling you get after eating sugar-heavy desserts.
⦁ Whipped Cream Canister
⦁ Whipped Cream Charger
- Egg whites – 4
- Icing sugar – 1 ¼ cup
- Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon
- Vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon
- Cream – 2 cups
- Mixed berries – 2 – 3 cups
- Preheat the oven at 150 degrees Centigrade.
- On parchment paper, draw a circle with a diameter of 23 centimeters.
- Place this paper on a baking tray and set it aside.
- Mix icing sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla extract in a large bowl.
- Add the egg whites and whisk them until the sugar gets dissolved.
- Pour this mixture into Galaxy Gas Whipped Cream Dispenser and charge it with one Galaxy Gas Whipped Cream Charger to infuse the ingredients with nitrous oxide.
- Shake the whipped cream dispenser 3 – 5 times to aerate the egg whites properly.
- Vent the excess gas from the whipped cream dispenser.
- Charge the cream dispenser again to make the whites stiffer.
- Dispense the egg whites over the marked area of parchment paper.
- Make a dip in the center with the help of a spatula and make a ridge on the outer rim.
- Place it in the oven and let it bake for one hour.
- Clean and dry the Galaxy Gas Whipped Cream Dispenser.
- Add the ingredients for whipped cream to the whipped cream dispenser.
- Screw on the Galaxy Gas Whipped Cream Charger and charge it.
- Shake the whipped cream charger vigorously and store it in the fridge.
- Take out the Pavlova from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack. It should achieve a light cappuccino color after baking. The texture should be crispy on the outside and chewy on the insides.
- Place the Pavlova on the serving platter, and dispense the whipped cream. Top with an assortment of fresh berries. Serve chilled.
Tips for making a perfect pavlova:
Crack the eggs one at a time:
For making pavlova, you will only require egg whites. While separating the eggs, you have to make sure that no egg yolk falls in the bowl with egg whites. For better control, crack the eggs in a small separate bowl and mix them in the larger bowl. It will ensure that no spoiled eggs are incidentally dropped in a bowl of egg whites. You will also need to make sure that you should not use that egg if any egg yolk falls in the white.
Use less sugar:
If you are cutting down on your sugar intake, it is not essential to use the amount of sugar in the recipe. You can reduce the amount of sugar according to your taste buds.
Let the pavlova cool completely before topping:
This is crucial, and adding the topping on a hot pavlova will not give the desired results. The cream may get melt, and the pavlova base will become soggy. It will not bear the weight of fruits and become soggy. When the pavlova cools, its surface hardens and perfectly holds the cream and berries.
How to cut a pavlova without it crumbling?
Pavlova does not cut in smooth slices. While the bottom may retain its shape due to its crispiness, the rest of the meringue is like a marshmallow. That is why it crumbles when you cut it. You can make it easy by using a sharp knife for making precise cuts. However, do not expect the cutting operation to remain crumble-free.
What can you use as a Pavlova topping?
Pavlova is a decadent dessert that is suitable for various occasions. To enjoy it differently every time you bake a pavlova, you need to be creative with your topping ideas. We have some topping options for your convenience.
- Berry Delight: Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cream.
- Fruity Fun: Kiwifruit, Passionfruit, banana, and cream.
- Classic Crisp: Kiwifruit, Passionfruit, strawberries, and cream.
- Choc Dip: Nutella, chocolate shavings, strawberries, and cream.
- You can also top pavlova with;
- Lemon curd
- Coconut whipped cream
- Honey or caramel
- Fruit syrup
What variations can I make to this recipe?
There are several interesting ways in which you can serve a pavlova.
Mini Pavlova (or Eton Mess):
Portion out the meringue in the small circles before baking. Then top them with whipped cream and strawberries.
When the pavlova is baked and cooled, crack the pavlova into small pieces and place it in a serving bowl or glass. Then top with whipped cream and assorted berries.
Create Interesting Shapes:
If you are a home chef who loves creativity, you can play with various shapes. Design a wreath for Christmas or a love heart for Valentine’s Day to impress your guests. Once baked, decorate as desired.