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berry pavlova

Summer berry pavlova

summer berry pavlova

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 25 minutes plus 2 hours baking

Serves: 8

Ingredients

4 large egg whites
225g caster sugar
2 tsp cornflour
2 tsp white wine vinegar
For the topping
300ml double or whipping cream
Fresh summer berries (about 250g +) strawberries, raspberries, blueberries etc.

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Wimbledon is on, fruit picking season is in full swing, it must be time for some pudding made with strawberries and cream! First things first: A delicious summer berry Pavlova.

We’ve made a few meringues before, but this was the first big pavlova for a while. The original recipe is from Mary Berry, so we knew it was going to be good! It turned out to have the perfect mixture of soft gooey marshmallow on the inside with a delicious crunch on the outside – everything a good pavlova should be, in my opinion.

Method

Preheat the oven to 160C / 140C Fan / gas 3 and prepare a baking tray
Line a baking tray with baking paper and mark a 23cm (approx) circle on it.

Whip the egg whites

Separate the egg whites from the yolks. I do this bit myself as it’s important you don’t get any yolks in, but Hannah enjoyed helping.

 

Get your toddler to pour the egg yolks into your mixing bowl or freestanding mixer. Whisk them until they are stiff and cloud like. It’ll take a few minutes.

 

Add the sugar

Get your child to measure the sugar out into a small bowl. Keep the mixer running and add the sugar to the eggs one teaspoonful at time until it is all added.

 

Add the cornflour and vinegar

Measure the cornflour and white wine vinegar out into a small dish and give them a good mix. Pour it slowly into the meringue mixture.

 

Bake the Pavlova

Pour the meringue out on to your baking tray and get your little one to spread it out to cover the circle. Build up the sides a bit so they are higher than the middle (to keep your fruit in place later).

 

Pop in your preheated oven and immediately reduce the temperature to 150C /130C Fan /Gas 2.

Bake for about an hour until it turns a pale beige colour. Turn the oven off and let the Pavlova to become cold in the oven,(we left it for another hour). If you keep the oven door closed you’ll get a more marshmallowy meringue.

Add the cream and fruit

Whip the cream until it’s stiff. Keep an eye on it and stop just before you think you need to as it’s really easy to over whisk it. If you do over whisk it (like we did) just add a little more cream or milk and mix it in.

Get your kids to help prepare the fruit if necessary -we chopped our strawberries in half.

 

Remove the cold Pavlova from the baking tray and baking paper and slide on to a serving plate. Top with your whipped cream and fruit.


Chill your summer berry pavlova for an hour before serving. Enjoy!

summer berry pavlova

 

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Berry yoghurt parfait

Berry yoghurt parfaitDifficulty: Easy

Time: 20 minutes plus 6 hours freezing

Serves: 12

Ingredients
2 bananas, peeled
2kg Greek-style  natural yogurt
350g Frozen raspberries partly defrosted
200g Frozen blueberries
300g Strawberries, chopped

 

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Summer is finally with us so I was looking to make something frozen that was a bit healthier than ice-cream (there’s plenty of that in the freezer already!) I came across this berry yoghurt parfait recipe in a copy of ASDA’s Good Living magazine which looked delicious. It’s really simple to make – basically just mix some yoghurt with berries – we added a bit of berry puree as well for a bit of colour and because the kids love using our blender!
We used blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, but you can use any fruit you like.

Method

Line a 2lb loaf tin with clingfilm.

Prepare the strawberries

Wash, de-hull and chop the strawberries. This is a great chance for little chefs to practice their chopping skills as you can do this with a blunt knife and it doesn’t really matter whether the pieces are even or not.

 

Make the puree

Put a few strawberries and raspberries into a small food processor. Give it a quick whizz until you have a nice puree.
Spoon the puree into the bottom of the tin.

 

Mix the bananas and yoghurt

Get your kids to peel and mash the bananas in a large bowl.

 

Pour the yoghurt into the bananas and give it a good mix.

 

Add the fruit

Add two thirds of the strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries to the yoghurt. You don’t need to be too accurate, just make sure you keep some back to sprinkle on top at the end.


Gently mix everything together. If you do it very carefully with a metal spoon you will get a nice ripple effect. Getting toddlers to anything gently is tricky so if, like us, you’re not very gentle don’t worry it’ll still be tasty, just less rippley!

Pop the remaining fruit into the fridge.

Freeze the berry yoghurt parfait

Pour or spoon everything into your tin and cover with clingfilm.

 
Pop in the freezer for 6 hours + to set.

To serve, take the parfait out of the freezer and leave to stand for 10-15 minutes. Remove from the tin and peel off the clingfilm. Sprinkle over the remaining fruit, serve and enjoy!

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Banana and blueberry bread

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 35 mintes + 1 hour baking

Serves: 8 – 10 slicesimg_1867-sml

 

 

 

 

Ingredients
1 ½ cups of whole wheat flour (or use this with a mixture of plain flour)
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup bananas (we used 4), the riper the better.
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup pure maple syrup (we didn’t have any so used golden syrup)
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

 

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Method

Preheat your oven to 180C and prepare your baking tin

Get your toddler to butter a loaf tin, then set it aside.

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Mix together the dry ingredients
Get your toddler to measure the flour (1.5 cups) into a bowl.

Add the baking powder (1 tsp), baking soda (1/2 tsp) and salt (1/4 tsp). Hannah can’t quite do this herself so she helped me level off each spoon before putting it into the bowl.

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Mix together the wet ingredients
Start by measuring the butter (1/4 cup), and then melt it in a bowl in the microwave.

While the butter is melting, peel and mash the bananas. As you can imagine, this was Hannah’s favourite part!

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Mix the butter and bananas together 
Get your little one to crack the eggs into a bowl then add them to the banana mixture. (You could add the eggs straight in if you’re confident you wont end up with a lot of shell.) Add the vanilla (1 tsp) and golden syrup (1/3 cup) then stir until it’s well mixed.

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Pour the wet ingredients onto the dry ones
Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture and stir together until it’s just combined. Try not to over mix it (which can be a bit of a challenge if your little one is in charge!)

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Add the blueberries
Gently fold in the blueberries (1 cup). We weren’t too careful about the quantity we put it – Hannah just threw in a few handfuls so you can put in as many or as few as you like.

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Bake your banana and blueberry bread
Pour the batter in and bake for 50-60 minutes. To test if it’s ready, stick a metal skewer or knife in the middle – it should come out clean.

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Let your bread and blueberry cool in the tin for ten minutes or so. Remove the bread from the tin to a cooling rack and enjoy!

banana and blueberry bread

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