This is the pavlova I made last night. It was so delicious, and so easy. It looks tricky, but really it's not. Here's the recipe:
4 egg whites at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. corn starch
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. vinegar
Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add sugar and cornstarch gradually, beating until stiff. Beat in vinegar and vanilla.
On a foil-lined baking sheet or a silicone pad, spread this meringue in the shape of a circle approximately 9 inches across - or the size of your serving dish, if you're clever. I like to shape it a little bit with my spatula so that it has "sides" and a "bottom".
Bake in 250 degree oven for about 50 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the meringue to stand in the oven for at least one hour to dry out. Cool before removing from foil or silicone pad.
Spread with whipped cream (I add a little bit of sugar to it) and top with raspberries, kiwi fruit slices, banana slices or strawberries. Serve immediately.
Of course, it was eaten up immediately. I rinsed the pretty cake plate off and decided to give it a good wash and polish in the morning and left it on the kitchen counter. In the middle of the night - we woke up to the sound of glass breaking. It sounded like an explosion... and it was!
The nice glass cake plate that The Fan gave me for my birthday just popped apart - from the inside out. There was the base of the plate, right in the middle of the counter, it didn't drop, it just exploded - there was amber glass everywhere. The base was hollow and sitting right where I'd left it but there was no other part of it to be left, it was little shards of glass everywhere. It was 2 a.m. so Veto and I cleaned it up and went back to sleep. In the morning, I thought it had all been a funny dream but there sat the proof, the hollow glass base! What do you make of that??
We must have a ghost. But our house is brand new... what do you think?
posted Tuesday, September 05, 2006