Christmas Pavlova

Is there a more festive way to celebrate Christmas than with a beautiful pavlova covered in cherries gracing your table?

Recipe by Georgia Houston from GH Nutrition 
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 90 minutes

Ingredients
6 egg whites
1.5 cups caster sugar
1.5 tsp white vinegar
1.5 cups single pouring cream
1 punnet fresh raspberries
1.5 cups red cherries
Icing sugar, for dusting

To make
Preheat oven to 150°C. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.  Draw a 20cm circle on the paper.
Place the egg whites in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form.
Gradually add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, waiting 30 seconds between each addition. Once all the sugar has been added, whisk for a further 6 minutes or until the mixture is stiff and glossy.
Add the vinegar and whisk for 4 minutes or until glossy and combined.
Use a spatula to spread the meringue mixture over the circle.
Reduce the oven temperature to 120°C and bake for 1 hour 30 minutes or until dry and crisp to the touch.
Turn the oven off and allow the pavlova to cool completely in the oven.
Place the cream in a bowl and whisk until soft peaks form.
Place the pavlova on a cake stand and top with the cream, raspberries and cherries. Dust with icing sugar to serve.
Cut into wedges and serve.

  • WHAT’S IN SEASON | FRUIT: IN SEASON Apples, pears, quinces, persimmons, mandarins, Aussie navels.   BERRIES Blackberries, blueberries and raspberries are scarce. NSW blueberries starting soon and look for prices to fall.  CANDY MELONS Try these sweet variety of  honey dew melon with a candy aroma. CITRUS It’s our favourite time of year for mandarins right now with fantastic Imperial mandarins and daisy mandarins starting. Lemons and limes good value. FEIJOAS This fruit is really growing in popularity it grows in Canberra and has a really interesting taste KIWIFRUIT Qld Aussie kiwi Goldkiwifruit great at the moment plus try cute and flavourful red kiwis.  NUTS Walnuts and chestnuts.  PAPAYA Scarce.  PERSIMMONS Hard and soft in season (don’t keep in the fridge). PLUMS Still eating and stewing well (cook and freeze now for later). POMEGRANATE Peak season with magnificent large and very glam Aussie poms in season.  VEGETABLES: IN SEASON Broccoli, zucchini, cherry tomatoes.  ASPARAGUS Imported only.   AVOCADOES Improving all the time as the growing season moves further South. Probably a month until the really good fruit.   PEAS Lovely sweet peas this week.  POTATOES & PUMPKIN Washed Dutch Creams in season also try grammar pumpkin.  TOMATOES Lots of cherry varieties in season. Local Roma and round (Thilmere) tomatoes.  FLOWERS It’s Mothers Day this weekend so many flowers in store. Great roses, tulips and natives.