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Old 06-20-2005, 08:52 AM   #1
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Pavlova with pineapple and a butterscotch sauce

Pavlova
4 large egg whites
280g caster sugar
1tbsp cornflour
1tsp white wine vinegar
1tsp vanilla essence

Sauce
100g butter
200g light soft brown sugar
2tbsp golden syrup
5tbsp double cream
1 medium sized fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and sliced into pieces
300ml whipping cream, whipped
Preheat oven to 180C, gas mark 4. Beat the egg whites, adding the sugar gradually until thick and glossy. Mix the cornflour, vinegar and vanilla essence together then add to the egg white mixture and continue beating for a further 2-3 minutes.
Line a baking tray with well-oiled greaseproof paper. Spread the egg white mixture making a deep 20cm circle on the paper. I hollow out a little 'dip' in the middle, which helps when you fill the cooked meringue.
Place in the oven and reduce temperature to 140C, gas mark 1, for 1 hour. Turn off the oven, open the door slightly and leave the pavlova to cool in the oven.

To make the butterscotch sauce, melt 85g butter, add the brown sugar and cook gently with the golden syrup until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the cream and just bring to the boil and remove from the heat.
Fry the pineapple pieces in the remaining butter for 2 minutes each side. Gently mix in half of the butterscotch sauce then leave to cool.Spread the whipped cream over the top of the pavlova and arrange the pineapple on top. Drizzle the remaining sauce over the top and serve.

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Old 06-20-2005, 09:20 AM   #2
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Thank you, Ishbel! I've been looking for a new pavlova recipe and this definitely is it!!!
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Old 06-20-2005, 09:24 AM   #3
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'Cooking' the pineapple really does make a nice change - and the buttescotch sauce adds a little interest too. I get tired of the 'same old' pavlova recipes with kiwi, passionfruit, rapsberry toppings.
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Old 06-20-2005, 06:21 PM   #4
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OK, believe it or not, I have never really thought about what pavlova is. I am guessing it is sort of a baked meringuey type thing? With fruit and sauce? It sounds pretty tasty.

This looks easy. Having never made one...am I going to need some pointers on making it? Or will I be able to wing it? I am usually pretty handy. This isn't like a souffle is it? Where the slightest bang and I have a pancake?
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Old 06-20-2005, 07:02 PM   #5
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You are right ALIX it can also be be made with fresh berries etc fruit and whipped cream.All I know its really popular in Australia and is named after a famous russian ballerina.
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Old 06-20-2005, 07:19 PM   #6
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Another idea is to make merinques in individual servings rather than the whole thing.Makes a nice presentation that way, as a whole pavlova can get kinda messy when you cut into it.
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Old 06-21-2005, 04:41 AM   #7
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The secret with pavlovas is that the meringue should be a little 'chewy' - not like those commercial meringues which shatter when you try to get a knife through them! That's why the recipe has vinegar as an ingredient.

Every Aussie believes their family has the only true, original pavlova recipe. (My sister, included!)

You scoop a 'dip' in the middle of the meringue before baking, Alix - and that's where you put the cream and fruits. I'll amend my recipe to include the above instruction.
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Thanks jp and Ishbel. So...if I wanted to try out jp's idea of doing them in muffin tins for my party on Saturday...how would I adjust the cooking time? Should I just wait til they "look" done?

Maybe I shouldn't adjust it? How many did you say this would serve? I have 35 coming, only 15 adults though. The kids will want something else I imagine.
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Old 06-21-2005, 09:34 AM   #9
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My recipe amounts make enough for 6-8 portions - UK sized ones!
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OK, are those BIG portions?
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