(Don’t know what happened to the quality of that picture, sorry! ^)
Today I get to ice my birthday cake 🙂 That makes many people happy, constructing a big cake and making it look all pretty, then sharing it with everyone?
Anyway I wanted to show that you don’t have to have a cake to have a glorious creation to showcase at your birthday. A stack of meringues can do just the trick! Plus they can be simpler!
(here is a smaller version….. v)
Anyway, I hope you enjoy; I catch a plane soon so I thought I would post while I get the time. When is your next break? Do you have any baking planned? Do comment 🙂
Pistachio, Blueberry and Pansy Pavlova
8 egg whites (at room temperature)
400g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 Tbsp cornflour
1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
Handful of pistachios
300ml cream, whipped to soft peaks
Preheat the oven to about 120 degrees Celsius. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper. If you like, you can trace three plates/cups are gradient-sizing as guidelines for later on.
Whip the egg whites in a large bowl until they are light and frothy. Increase the speed and start adding the sugar a bit at a time. Continuing whipping for about 10 minutes until the sugar has dissolved (you shouldn’t be able to feel it when you rub some between your fingers). Mix in the vanilla and cornflour.
Spread the meringue onto the trays, so you have three big circles, getting smaller. Bake these babies for about an hour, or until they are slightly crunchy on the outside and cooked through. Cool on the trays.
Meanwhile, make the coulis! Cook the blueberries over low heat until thickened. Cool.
When you are ready to assemble, carefully transfer the biggest circle to your serving plate (doesn’t matter if it breaks) and layer on some cream and a bit of coulis. Place the next layer on top and then repeat. Finally, arrange on your top layer and spoon the coulis over the whole thing. Sprinkle on the pistachios and arrange on the pansies. Done!
Serves a good 10+ people. You can make the pavs a day before if you like.
Have fun everyone!