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Posted: July 9th, 2010 by Courtney

Since its nice and cold outside we have been spending more time indoors, which means the kitchen!  Since getting a library card, I have been getting a few Aussie cookbooks every couple of weeks to look over.  This week I got Donna Hay’s Modern Classics Book 2 and decided to try to make a pavlova.

Pavlova is basically a meringue topped with whipped cream and fruit.  Although the pavlova was originally created in New Zealand, it’s definitely an Aussie classic as well.  We got to try our first pavlova a couple days after landing in Melbourne at a friend’s Australia Day party.  Ever since then I have been wanting to try to make one of my own.


Mmm, looks yummy!

Sliced and ready to devour

Pavlova  (adapted, just slightly, from Donna Hay’s Modern Classics Book 2)

serves 6-8

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup caster (superfine) sugar
  • 3 t. cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 1 t. white vinegar
  • 1/2 t. vanilla extract
  • icing (confectioners) sugar


  • whipping cream
  • icing (confectioners) sugar
  • passion fruit pulp
  • sliced fresh fruit (strawberries, kiwis, bananas, etc.)

Preheat oven to 150 degrees C/300 degrees F.  Line baking sheet with baking paper and dust with icing (confectioners) sugar.

Beat egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.  Continue beating and add in the sugar 1 T. at a time.

Mix together the cornflour (cornstarch), vinegar, and vanilla.  Add  mixture into egg whites and beat until peaks reform.

Spoon mixture onto prepared baking sheet.  Turn oven down to 120 degrees C/250 degrees F and bake for 1 hour.  Turn off oven and let the meringue cool in oven.

When completely cool, whip cream and sugar.  Spread on top of meringue.  Top with passion fruit pulp and fresh fruit.


Comment from Robin
Time July 14, 2010 at 7:36 am

Wow that looks very elegant. It looks like Courtney is following in the Lee girl’s footsteps.

Comment from Lisa is Bossy
Time July 15, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Mmmm I LOVE anything meringue and pavlovas are right at the top of the list!

Um seriously this is ONLY if it’s easy… if that passionfruit puree comes in a small enough jar/can that you could buy some and check it in your baggage for your trip home – can you get me some? I’ll totally pay you for it. But if it’s ANY problem at all… don’t even worry about it!!!

See you soon Court! Yay!!

Comment from Courtney
Time July 15, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Lisa, I totally thought of you when we made this! Yes, the passionfruit pulp comes in a little can. I’ll bring some home with me.

Comment from Lisa is Bossy
Time July 16, 2010 at 12:00 am

Yay!! Thank you!!!!