What to do with the other 2, I could have made little meringues but decided to focus my energy on the pavlova. So the remaining 2 egg whites were washed down the sink. I know some of you will say freeze them, but I am still in two minds about freezing the whites from eggs. It just doesn't seem right to me.
Anyway, back to the pavlova. It was everything I had imagined it to be - the meringuey part light like rice paper and delicate that it melted on the tongue like shards of white candy floss. The marshmallow white in the middle had depth and was soft, smooth and silky. The whipped double cream - decadent and creamy, and finally the red berries, ranging from strawberries and raspberries from my garden, red currants from the farmers market and pomegranate seeds from my fridge - all delicious. This dessert truly made me swoon, that I found myself cutting another slice,; and no I did not feel guilty - how can I with all that beautiful fresh red fruit berries! In fact I felt positively smug.
I am sharing this with Waste Not and Bake of the Week hosted by Casa Costello.
Red Berries Pavlova
Serves 6 - 8
4 egg whites
250g caster sugar
2 teaspoons cornflour
1 teaspoon cider white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
300ml double cream,
Optional Pomegranate seeds,
Optional Handful of redcurrants
Cover a large baking sheet with a piece of nonstick baking paper.
Whisk the egg whites until they are firm peaks.
In a clean bowl, mix together the sugar and cornflour, then add it to the egg whites slowly, whisking all the time. finally stir int he vinegar and vanilla.
Spoon the mixture on to the baking paper spreading it out into a circle or as I did an oval shape about 8 - 9 inches in diameter.
Place in a preheated oven gas mark 4/180oc. After 10 minutes, turn it down to Gas mark 2/150oc. and bake for 1 hour or until crisp. Leave it to cook in the oven.
Whip the double cream until it forms soft peaks. Carefully spread this over the pavlova and cover gently with the red fruit. Bring to your guests in WOW fashion! Slice and enjoy a piece or two. Adapted from Rose Elliots Vegetarian Supercook.