Pavlova: A Delicious, Light and Airy Dessert

Do you love light and fluffy desserts? If so, pavlova is the perfect dessert for you! This Australian-New Zealand creation is made with a meringue base, whipped cream, and fresh fruit. It is delicious, refreshing, and perfect for any occasion!

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What is a Pavlova?

A pavlova is a dessert made from whipped egg whites and sugar, sometimes with starch or cornflour, baked in the oven until crisp and dry. Pavlovas are often filled with whipped cream and fresh fruit.

How to Make Pavlova
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How to Make Pavlova


  • 1 cup (120 grams) of white sugar
  • Three egg whites
  • One teaspoon of cornflour or arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • One teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
  • pinch of salt

Make the meringue

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees C (390 degrees F) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the sugar, egg whites, cornflour, vinegar, vanilla extract, and salt to a large heatproof bowl.

Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and whisk continuously until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is thick and glossy.

Remove the bowl from the heat and beat the mixture with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Spoon the meringue onto the prepared baking sheet and use a spoon or spatula to create swirls.

Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 100 degrees C (210 degrees F) and bake for 45 minutes.

Make the whipped cream.

While the meringue is baking, add the whipping cream to a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form.


Once the meringue is cooked, allow it to cool completely before topping with the whipped cream and fresh fruit. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Ingredients for Pavlova

There are many variations of pavlova, but the key ingredients are always egg whites and sugar. Some people add a little cornstarch or vinegar to the mixture to help stabilize the egg whites and create a crisper crust.

Pavlova with Fruit
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Pavlova Toppings

Pavlova toppings can be fun and endless. However, I like to keep it simple with whipped cream and fresh berries for a classic and elegant pavlova.

But you could also try sliced kiwis, bananas, passion fruit, or chocolate sauce!

Pavlova with Fruit

Fruit is often added to pavlovas for an extra pop of flavor and color. When making a pavlova with fruit, use fresh fruits in season. This will help to ensure that your pavlova is both flavorful and beautiful.

There are endless possibilities regarding which fruits you can add to your pavlova. Some popular choices include strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cherries. You can also mix and match different fruits to create a unique flavor combination.

If you want your pavlova to be extra special, consider adding a few drops of extract or liqueur to the whipped cream. This will give the pavlova an extra boost of flavor.

Strawberry Pavlova

Strawberry Pavlova is one of my all-time favorite desserts. It’s light, airy, and full of flavor. Plus, it’s just so pretty to look at! The most common fruits are strawberries, but you can use any fruit you like.