Kiwifruit pavlova is an ideal end-of-winter/early spring dessert. As a fruit that keeps us company during those long cold months of starchy root veg, kiwis are fun and fuzzy little melonettes that can breathe new life into our dessert repertoire.
6 egg whites
Pinch of salt
350g caster sugar
Non-stick baking paper
300g thickened cream
2 tbsp icing sugar
4-5 kiwi fruit
Juice of a small lime
- Preheat oven to 120⁰C. Separate egg whites, add salt and whisk until soft peaks form. Then add sugar one tbsp at a time while you continue to whisk, but don’t overdo it. Whisk only until sugar is dissolved or your meringue will be full of little holes once baked. You can check is the sugar is dissolved by rubbing a small amount of the mixture between your fingers. If it still feels sandy, the sugar has not yet dissolved.
- Use a tablespoon or spatula to make 6 meringue ‘nests’ on a large tray lined with non-stick baking paper. Nests will act as bowls for cream added later, so make sure they have a little dip in the middle. You may need to push the sides up with a spatula to get the effect.
- Reduce oven temperature to 90⁰C and bake for 1 ½ hours. Once cooked, turn oven off and leave nests to cool in the slowly cooling oven, then store in airtight container until you’re ready to serve.
- Whisk thickened cream and icing sugar until you get whipped cream.
- Peel and slice kiwi fruit, then coat with juice of one small lime.
- When you’re ready to serve, spoon the cream, then the kiwi pieces on top of the meringue nests. And hazaar, Pavlova!
You can order organic kiwifruit when in season, along with many other groceries from our webstore.
Hints and Tips
1. You may want to try to be healthy and reduce the amount of sugar used but the egg white to sugar ratio is what allows the egg whites to cook. If you reduce the sugar content too much the whisked egg whites won't set and cook, and will continue to be a soft and fluffy mess on the inside, though they are burning on the outside.
2. Kiwifruit contains a protein-dissolving enzyme. Once you have combined the kiwifruit and cream, you need to consume the dessert as soon as possible, or you’ll find your dairy delight has been prematurely digested by this suddenly unwelcome mealtime visitor.