No one knows who first created the Pavlova. But the name and the recipes first began appearing soon after Russian prima ballerina, Anna Pavlova (she was born on 12 February 1881, in St. Petersburg, Russia, my home town), toured both Australia and New Zealand in 1926, and Australia again in 1929. Anna Pavlova was considered the greatest ballerina of her time, and her visit to New Zealand has been described as “the chief event of 1926.” It was said “She does not dance; she soars as though on wings.” From this you get the sense that this is a light, airy dessert.
There is a controversy with both Australia and New Zealand. While it has been suggested this dessert was created in New Zealand, it has also become recognized as a popular Australian dish. Both countries claim to have invented this dessert and claim it as their national dish.
We don’t know who is right, but we do know that this is a miracle of a dessert, and not so difficult that we should shy away from it. The meringue shell is crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. It is lighter than air, as the great ballerina was supposed to be.
Please read the recipe, and try this magical dessert yourself.
Pavlova with Lemon Cream, and Berries
- Ingredients for the meringue:
- 1 cup superfine granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 3 large eggs at room temperature 30 minutes
- 3 tablespoons cold water
- 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
- Ingredients for the filling:
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter
- 3 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 cups mixed berries
Preheat oven to 300ºF and position a rack in the center.
To prepare the lemon cream:
stir sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a saucepan. Add the lemon juice and butter, bringing the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat. Continue to whisk at a simmer, about 1 minute. Whisk about 1/4 of the mixture into the beaten egg yolks, then transfer the egg yolk mixture back into the saucepan. Over low heat, continue to cook, but make sure not to boil, whisking constantly until the lemon curd is thick, about 2 minutes. Scrape into a shallow bowl, stir in the lemon zest, and place a piece of parchment over the surface. Refrigerate for about 1-1/2 hours.
To prepare the meringue:
line a baking sheet with parchment and trace a circle about 7" in diameter in the center. Turn the parchment over.
Whisk superfine sugar and cornstarch together in a small bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat whites with a pinch of salt at medium speed until soft peaks form. Add the water and beat until whites hold soft peaks once again.
On medium-high, beat in sugar mixture 1 Tbsp at a time. After all, sugar has been added, beat 1 minute longer. Add vinegar, then beat at high speed until glossy and stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes (longer if using a hand-held mixer). The meringue will be extremely thick.
Spread meringue carefully to cover the circle on the parchment, creating a cavity in the center (for the filling). Bake until meringue is pale golden and has a crust, about 45 minutes. Avoid opening the oven door! Turn oven off and prop the door open slightly with a wooden spoon. Cool meringue in oven 1 hour. The exterior will be dry and possibly cracked, the inside more like the consistency of marshmallow.
To assemble the pavlova:
beat the heavy cream just as it holds stiff peaks, then 1/4 cup at a time, whisk the cream into the lemon curd. Check consistency each time before adding more cream. It should be able to mound.
Spoon lemon cream into cooled meringue and mound fruit in the center. Serve with extra whipped cream if desired.
Once you have the desert ready, all you need is a nice cup of tea. Well, the jar of homemade jam would be a nice addition. So…
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kiriNovember 16, 2011 at 2:46 am
I love a good pavlolva! Your meringue looks perfect 🙂
I'd love to enter the giveaway!
I also liked you on facebook. The prize pack looks wonderful!
Rebecca from Chow and ChatterNovember 16, 2011 at 3:39 am
stunning pavlova and fun history
slb3334November 16, 2011 at 3:58 am
I would like this.
AnonymousNovember 16, 2011 at 4:59 am
What a beautiful dish and giveaway. Thank you for the history on this amazing dessert!
AnonymousNovember 16, 2011 at 5:00 am
I've "Liked" your facebook page! Thanks again and have a GREAT day!
AnonymousNovember 16, 2011 at 6:13 am
Your food styling is simply awe inspiring. The Pavlova put be back in a holiday mood considering, I just came back from a holiday. I would love to have a taste of you jam as it looks scrumptious.
AnonymousNovember 16, 2011 at 6:14 am
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Rebecca GrahamNovember 16, 2011 at 8:26 am
I am going to try this recipe.
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firefoodieNovember 16, 2011 at 11:00 am
I'm an Aussie, so I say it's Australian. I love making this and your photos are just lush.
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sue14625November 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm
I have not tried Pavlova it looks so good a nice change from pies /cakes/ cookies
ty for having this giveaway
Serenap95November 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm
Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
Chisum CrewNovember 16, 2011 at 1:25 pm
I've never had Pavlova before but am so making it for Thanksgiving this year now. trinitygsd at yahoo dto com
✪♜I.B.G.♜✪November 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm
Strawberries, whipped cream and berries. This is a very sexy trio.
rosannepmNovember 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm
That is one of the most beautiful displays of a dessert I've ever seen. Love the dish, the sparkle and the berries and meringue
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blue65829November 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm
What a fantastic giveaway and what a beautiful dessert, although I think making a pavlova is way outside my kitchen skill set 🙂
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AlpanaNovember 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm
I have heard a lot about pavlova but never dared to bake it. You'r looks perfect & the presenation is out of this world as always. Nice givaway/ would like to taste your jam.
lilyNovember 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm
Beautiful post. The photos are lovely and the dish divine. Again a winner. Thanks so much.
kentSAVSNovember 16, 2011 at 8:40 pm
I've always been intimidated by pavlovas but you make it sounds very do-able
JuliaNovember 16, 2011 at 9:52 pm
Beautiful post and pictures as usual. I do have a small request – if you can provide a printable version of the recipe without the pictures, that would definitely help me. thanks!
LizNovember 16, 2011 at 10:00 pm
That jam looks tasty!
YelenaNovember 16, 2011 at 10:38 pm
Julia, at the bottom of each post you should see a little Printer icon (closer to right side). If you click it, a new window should pop up, with printable version of the recipe. And you could check "No Images" checkbox, and print it out.
Let me know if it works or not.
julesNovember 16, 2011 at 11:38 pm
that pavlova looks amazing. i have never tried to make one but i really want to!
julesNovember 16, 2011 at 11:38 pm
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DeborahNovember 17, 2011 at 2:31 am
I'm thinking…a Pavlova would make a stunning dessert for New Year's Eve!
DeborahNovember 17, 2011 at 2:34 am
I liked Cooking Melangery on Facebook (Deborah Rosen).
ClaudiaNovember 17, 2011 at 2:37 am
I do love a pavlova – it is as elegant as the ballet dancer! This brings back summer to me – in the sweetest way.
Boi PolloiNovember 17, 2011 at 4:03 am
Always struggled with meringues, personally, but this looks positively delicious. Good luck everyone who enters 🙂
julis55November 17, 2011 at 4:16 am
I love meringues!
DanielleNovember 17, 2011 at 5:50 am
My good friend made pavlova for me once and that was the first and only time I've ever tried it. It was delicious–I just have yet to be so bold as to attempt to make it myself! Looks like a good recipe 🙂 Thanks!
Sara&KateyNovember 17, 2011 at 7:15 am
That looks beautiful! And delicious, of course :]
curliecueNovember 17, 2011 at 7:39 am
I've heard about Pavlovas now and then but never tried it. Maybe I should finally hop to it and try this recipe, the pictures are making it hard not to.
I've liked you on FB as well!
Aroma y CocinaNovember 17, 2011 at 12:22 pm
I was delighted when I saw your nice blog and really wonderful photographs.
I am impatient to taste some of them.
I cannot wait to read more of your recipes.
AnonymousNovember 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm
That pavlova looks absolutely divine! I can't wait to try making it this holiday season!
AnonymousNovember 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm
Sweet crisp pavlova with refreshing lemon cream and some fresh berries. I can't think of a better combination !
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Jenn S.November 17, 2011 at 4:02 pm
Reading your post has made me sooo hungry. Looks wonderfully delicious!
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Space Monkey 1138November 17, 2011 at 6:59 pm
Homemade jam sounds SOO good!
gibberishNovember 17, 2011 at 11:00 pm
Thanks for the giveaway.
The jam flavor is intriguing.
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the tea looks amazing.
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Jeska706November 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm
I know this sounds funny but my hubby would totally love this as a Christmas present. He's such and Englishman at heart!
Elo-CupcakeNovember 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm
I'm in 🙂
I've like the Facebook page 🙂
JacquelineNovember 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm
pavlova is my favorite dessert!! my dad always adds kiwis to the top (with the straberries and blueberries)! email@example.com
JessieNovember 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm
Beautiful photos and berries! I love Pavlova! Its always so fresh!
GrubarazziNovember 18, 2011 at 3:58 pm
Beautiful, as always. I'm a huge fan of pavlova, such a lovely airy dessert.
KristinNovember 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm
Can't wait to try it 🙂 And the giveaway looks delightful!
jhitomiNovember 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm
wow the jam sounds spectacular. You have a great blog
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MarijaNovember 18, 2011 at 6:53 pm
Beautiful AND delicious!! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂
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RZBACK70November 18, 2011 at 7:10 pm
Thanks for the background on pavlova. Yummy!
AnissaNovember 18, 2011 at 8:02 pm
I would give this to my mother-in-law. She loves tea!
CrystalNovember 18, 2011 at 8:09 pm
The jam sounds awesome!
Leslie R.November 18, 2011 at 8:24 pm
I'm glad I found your blog today. The story & pictures of the Pavlova are enchanting! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂
Shooting Stars MagNovember 18, 2011 at 8:47 pm
what a fun giveaway! Adorablet gift set.
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sandyandcosmoNovember 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm
I've never had much luck with meringues but this dish looks delicious! Thanks for the tea giveaway!
PopperNovember 18, 2011 at 10:14 pm
The jam looks good, but what looks amazing is the pavlova! This definitely made me hungry! Thank you for the giveaway 🙂
MerylNovember 18, 2011 at 10:17 pm
Your jam sounds great!
Domestic DivaNovember 19, 2011 at 12:07 am
Lovely! Thanks for the chance.
Black CatNovember 19, 2011 at 1:07 am
Looks like a delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing.
Yona WilliamsNovember 19, 2011 at 1:25 am
Love the photos – they are so bright and tasty-looking! Love berry desserts. Email: yona(at)pricelesswriters.com
jsc123November 19, 2011 at 3:24 am
The pavlova looks truly delicious.
And I love the jam looks almost too pretty to eat.
Thank you so much for the recipe and giveaway.
jsc123November 19, 2011 at 3:25 am
I am a fan via Facebook as Jill Myrick.
BBB AdminNovember 19, 2011 at 5:23 am
This looks AMAZING!! Wish I could get my meringues to look like yours! I am not on Facebook but I did tweet a link to your blog and recipe…can I have a second entry too? Pretty please??
Valerie Taylor MabreyNovember 19, 2011 at 11:33 am
wow such a nice giveaway thanks for the chance to win
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intensev5November 19, 2011 at 5:34 pm
The pear and vanilla jam sounds tasty — thanks for the chance to win
Robin TNovember 19, 2011 at 7:56 pm
I have never tried Pavlova but it looks delicious
Robin TNovember 19, 2011 at 7:57 pm
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kihtenNovember 19, 2011 at 8:38 pm
oh this looks so lovely! thanks for the chance to win! kihten at gmail
Kelly MassmanNovember 19, 2011 at 10:03 pm
what a gorgeous looking dessert-looks yummy, too!
i'm liking on fb
thanks for a chance to win!
And, have a GREAT day!
channallocksNovember 19, 2011 at 10:06 pm
HollyNovember 19, 2011 at 10:12 pm
I would love to win this! On a side note–I have never had Pavlova before. I will have to try and make it. Lol
New follower! 🙂
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L.November 19, 2011 at 10:17 pm
Whoa, that looks amazing! Where did you find the model for that table set up? It's beautiful!
I liked you on FB as well. 🙂
LizNovember 19, 2011 at 11:52 pm
Great giveaway! Thanks for offering it, hope I win the jam sounds sooo good!
KellyNovember 20, 2011 at 1:51 am
That looks delish!
I like you on FB too 🙂
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jandsfox_143November 20, 2011 at 3:02 am
I would love to try this.
AnonymousNovember 20, 2011 at 6:17 am
What an absolutely beautiful dessert! It looks amazing.
AnonymousNovember 20, 2011 at 6:18 am
I also liked you on FB! 😀
spirit_kimNovember 20, 2011 at 6:37 am
Your Pavlova looks great! Pear and vanilla sounds good, I look forward to trying if I win. Thanks for the chance.
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carolpieNovember 20, 2011 at 3:08 pm
Your pictures are gorgeous and I am sure your jam is superb!
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carolpieNovember 20, 2011 at 3:09 pm
Crap, I should have put this in the other comment?
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NaomiNovember 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm
Ooooh! That looks so yummy! I would love to win!
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SamorjjNovember 20, 2011 at 10:13 pm
Beautiful looking dessert. Would love to win.
SamorjjNovember 20, 2011 at 10:29 pm
I liked your Facebook page for a second entry. (Jennifer W.)
KatarzynaNovember 20, 2011 at 10:40 pm
Great giveaway! I'd love to win 🙂
ikkinlalaNovember 20, 2011 at 10:56 pm
Such a gorgeous dessert – I'll have to try making one someday!
Ms. LollipopNovember 21, 2011 at 1:55 am
So cute! And the jam sounds fantastic!
409copeNovember 21, 2011 at 2:07 am
This tea would be so nice with the jams served on tea biscuits.cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com
409copeNovember 21, 2011 at 2:08 am
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AtreauNovember 21, 2011 at 4:22 am
What a gorgeous Pavlova!
DonnaNovember 21, 2011 at 4:49 am
The Pavlova with Lemon Cream, and Berries looks delish!
DonnaNovember 21, 2011 at 4:50 am
I "like" Cooking Melangery on Facebook (Donna Kozar)
YelenaNovember 21, 2011 at 5:14 am
Winner of the Cooking Melangery Giveaway is commentary number 11 by Penny Hayes Snyder. Congratulations!
Penny, please send your address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Random Number screen-shot is on Cooking Melangery Facebook Page.
LizaNovember 21, 2011 at 3:52 pm
What a beautiful Pavlova! I've never tried making it, but your instructions make it sound easy, thanks.
Thanks for the chance to win!
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Margarida VNovember 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm
I just simply adore tea
Magic of SpiceNovember 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm
What a fun post and a gorgeous pavlova…beautiful for any time of the year 🙂
AnonymousNovember 22, 2011 at 7:23 am
What an amazing giveaway! I LOVE that you have the recipe for the meringue dessert posted right on your blog!
I LOVE <3 tea, so any chance I get for a tea giveaway makes me happy.
Thanks so much,
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AnonymousNovember 27, 2011 at 10:31 am
Very beautiful photos. Extremely evocative, they make you wanna go sit at that table with a special someone. The subject, your Pavlova, is offering a nice subject: it looks perfect.
AnonymousMay 26, 2012 at 1:07 am
I was searching on the internet tonight & found a post that said I had won this…I'm so sorry that I had missed your e-mail 🙁