Tea Time Recipes With Mrs Simkins’ Autumn Fruits Mini Pavlovas

Posted: August 27, 2014

These make a seasonable change from the classic summer berry Pavlova. The tartness of the Bramleys, enhanced further with lemon juice, works really well with the fragrant blackberries, sweet meringue and cool, smooth cream.

Fabulous as a civilised afternoon treat with a lovely cup of your favourite Clipper brew.

The recipe is sufficient for 6 mini Pavlovas but make one big one if you prefer

Meringue Base

Ingredients

  • 2 large fresh egg whites
  • 100g golden caster sugar

Method

  1. You will need an electric hand whisk or manual rotary whisk and a large baking tray lined with baking parchment
  2. Preheat oven to 100C (fan oven) or equivalent
  3. Whisk the egg whites until lightly stiff in a clean, grease-free bowl.
  4. Add a tablespoonful of sugar, whisk in and continue whisking in a spoonful at a time until all the sugar is incorporated – don’t over-whisk.
  5. Space the meringue into 6 circles on the prepared tray: smoothing them into shape and building up the edges slightly.
  6. Bake for an hour or until they peel away from the paper easily. Leave in the oven with the oven door ajar to finish drying out until completely cold.
  7. Store in a completely dry airtight container.

Blackberry and Apple Topping

Ingredients

  • 500g Bramley apples
  • 200g blackberries
  • 75g golden granulated sugar plus a further 25g
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 300ml softly whipped double cream

Method

  1. Peel and core the apples. Cut into quarters, cut each quarter into 3 vertically and 3 across to form even size chunks. Toss in the lemon juice.
  2. Cook gently, retaining the lemon juice, and adding the water, plus 75g of the sugar, for around 5 minutes until just tender but retaining shape.
  3. Drain with care, reserving the juices, and set aside. Cook the blackberries gently in the apple juices until just tender and the colour runs. Remove the blackberries with a slotted spoon, reserving the juice, and combine gently with the apple chunks. Chill.
  4. Add the remaining 25g sugar to the juices with the vanilla pod and cinnamon stick.
  5. Cook the juices briskly for approximately 3 minutes until beginning to bubble and thicken into a light syrup. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  6. Swirl the whipped cream over the Pavlova base and arrange the chilled fruit on top. Offer the syrup separately.
  7. A little golden icing sugar, sifted over the top is a nice finishing touch: particularly if infused with vanilla, see below.

Cream Note

Take care not to over-whip the cream: if it’s too stiff it will tear the fragile meringue as you spread it. Greek yoghurt works well as an alternative to the whipped cream.

Tip

Rinse and dry the vanilla pod and use to infuse a jar of icing-sugar.

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