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Priyanka Mukherjee
30 minutes
Prep Time
90 minutes
Cook Time
6 People
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A dessert that has been on my mind from the day I saw it. I fell in love with the elegance and beauty of this dessert. Valentine's round the corner, I thought of giving this mesmerizing dessert a try. Pavlova is a Meringue based dessert named after the beautiful Russian Ballet Dancer Anna Pavlova. This dessert is believed to have originated during one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. Beating of eggs till stiff peaks, baking it to perfection and then topping it up elegantly was a big challenge for me. But after doing it I realised its one of the easiest one to prepare. A crisp dessert on the outside with gooey center inside, it is one of the most beautiful looking desserts I have ever seen. Loads of whipping cream and use of fresh fruits makes this awesome dessert more appealing to me. My treat to my kids and my hubby this Valentines. Thanks to the beautiful Chef Nigella Lawson for this wonderful recipe.

Recipe Tags

  • Valentine's Day
  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Australian
  • Whisking
  • Baking
  • Dessert

Ingredients Serving: 6

  1. egg Whites 6
  2. Caster sugar 300 gms (1 1/3 Cup)
  3. Cocoa Powder (Sieved) 3 Tbsp
  4. Dark Chocolate Chips 50 gms
  5. Balsamic vinegar 1 Tsp
  6. Whipping cream (I used Non Dairy Version) 500 ml
  7. Canned Cherries (You can use whichever fruit you like or a combination) 400 gms
  8. Coarsely Grated Dark Chocolate (For Garnishing) 2 - 3 Tbsp


  1. In a bowl take whipping cream and beat till stiff peaks. Set aside in the refrigerator.
  2. Now in another bowl take 6 egg whites and beat till soft peaks are formed.
  3. Beat in the sugar, one spoon at a time and continue beating until the meringue is stiff and shiny.
  4. Sprinkle the cocoa, vinegar and chocolate chips and gently fold in until the cocoa is mixed in.
  5. Grease a baking sheet and line with parchment paper. Preheat the oven at 180 degree Centigrade.
  6. Pour the meringue in the center and make a fat circle so that it leaves a gap from the circumference. Smoothen the sides and the top.
  7. Place in the oven and bake at 160 degree centigrade for 1 1/2 hours or until the surface is crisp and does not wobble. The center should be a bit gooey.
  8. Turn off the oven and open the door slightly and let the meringue cool to room temperature.
  9. Now gently place the meringue on the serving plate. Mount the whipped cream (from the refrigerator) on the meringue.
  10. Top with lots of cherries or fruits as desired. Share with your partner and everyone.

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tista ghosh
tista ghosh   May-20-2016


Shilpi lala
Shilpi lala   Feb-15-2016

Amazing! Perfect valentines day recipe :D

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