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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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Strawberry ice lollies

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 15 minutes + 4 hours freezing time

Serves: 8

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

400g strawberries
200ml milk
405g light condensed milk.

* You can mix this up by using different fruits – any berries work well, or add banana. You can also use natural yoghurt instead of milk, or to limit the sugar you put in, don’t use all the condensed milk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With only three ingredients these strawberry ice lollies are healthier and cheaper than shop bought lollies and probably one of the easiest things you can make with your kids.

Method

Hull your strawberries
Get your toddler to help you hull the strawberries. This was a good way for Hannah to practice using a (blunt) knife. As the fruit gets blitzed in a blender it doesn’t matter if they aren’t cut perfectly.

 


Blitz the fruit

Mix the fruit in a blender until its smooth.


Add the milk and condensed milk

Measure out the milk then pour into the pureed strawberries. Add the condensed milk and mix.

 


Make the strawberry ice lollies

I put the mixture back into the mixing jug to make it easier to pour into the moulds. Your toddler should then be able to make the lollies for you.


Pop them in the freezer – they’ll take at least four hours to set, and will keep for 2 months.

strawberry ice lollies

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