Christmas Recipe Day 9…
Prep Time: 30 minutes. Bake Time: 1 hour. Makes: 1 Wreath
Christmas wreath pavlova would make a wonderful centrepiece for your Christmas dinner. A dessert that can be made for everybody to share and has so many qualities that everyone will love. It’s crisp, yet chewy, creamy, yet tangy and best of all the decoration looks a picture which will be impressive! We love making pavlova as it’s fun to make and delicious to eat! If this is the dessert you choose for Christmas it’ll be a great choice as you won’t need anything else…
-6 large free range egg whites (substitutes available on Android and iOS)
-350g caster sugar
-1 vanilla pod (substitutes available on Android and iOS)
-500g icing sugar
-600ml double cream
-200g of at least 3 different fruits (we’ve used strawberries, blueberries and pomegranates)
-A few leaves of mint
-Extra icing sugar for dusting on the top
1. Start off by preheating the oven to gas mark 2/ 150F/ 130C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Then draw a circle onto the paper- you can draw around a dinner plate and then draw a smaller circle inside the bigger circle- for this circle you can draw around a side plate. The key is to create a thick ring design which will be the design of your wreath.
2. Next add the egg whites into a large mixing bowl and whisk using an electric whisk on a medium speed until you start to see soft peaks. Then gradually add in the sugar a little bit at a time and continue whisking until you start to see stiff peaks. To check if the mixture is ready you should be able to turn the bowl upside down and nothing should fall out.
3. Once you have your mixture, spoon onto the ring design you made earlier on the tray. Then using a large flat spoon make a small well in the middle of the design so that the the cream and fruit can be filled in it. (Don’t go all the way down to the base only about 1/3 of the way through)
4. Bake the pavlova in the oven for approximately 1 hour until the outside has gone firm. Then switch off the oven and leave to set for another 30 minutes inside the oven.
5. Finally remove the pavlova from the oven and start preparing the toppings.
6. To make the cream, add the cream, icing sugar and vanilla into a large bowl and whisk until thick and firm and set aside. Then chop up the fruit as you wish.
7. Then once the pavlova has cooled down you can assemble the pavlova. To start, spread on the cream and top with the fruit then garnish with the mint leaves! A Christmas wreath in the form of a dessert- simply amazing!
We hope you all enjoy this wonderful festive dessert and the great thing is, it has everything so you can simply slice and serve on it’s own!
You’ll pav-love it 😉