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Mini pavlovas

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 20 minutes + 1hr+ baking

Serves: 8

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

4 eggs
200g caster sugar
For the filling
A carton of double cream
Fruit
Icing sugar to taste

 

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We’ve been fruit picking a few times lately so have been left with a fridge full of strawberries and raspberries! As well as a batch of jam, I thought we should treat ourselves to some delicious mini pavlovas. The recipe I used to make these mini pavlovas is a simple one from James Morton that just uses egg white and sugar. There are other recipes that add extra things like cornflour or vinegar to stabilise the mix but I figure if there’s fewer ingredients less can go wrong which is why I like this one.

Method

Preheat your oven to 120C / 100C Fan and prepare a baking tray
Get your toddler to help line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Whisk the egg whites
Start by making sure your bowl and whisk beaters are clean and dry. (Any extra grease or fat will stop air getting into the egg whites.

Separate your eggs, putting the whites into your bowl. You can do this by cracking the egg and keeping the yolk in one half while letting the white fall into a small bowl. Tip the yolk into the other half to get more white out if you need to. Alternatively crack the egg, hold the yolk gently in your hand and let the yolk fall through your fingers.

I did this part myself as although Hannah can crack eggs I wouldn’t trust her to separate them just yet. I did let her practice by giving her the yolks and egg shells to copy what I was doing.

 

 

Beat the egg whites until they are as white and fluffy as they can get. Do it on a high speed for at least 3 or 4 minutes.

 

Add the sugar
Get your child to weigh the sugar into another bowl.

Keep whisking your egg whites and start adding the sugar one teaspoon at a time. Once it is all in, keep beating it for another minute to make sure it is mixed well. You should end up with stiff peaks and be able to turn the bowl upside down once its ready.

 

Spoon the meringue onto your baking tray in small clumps. We also tried using a piping bag but found just spooning the mixture much easier and less messy!

 

Bake the meringues
Pop your meringues in the oven and bake for about an hour. Check on them from time to time and turn your oven down if they are starting to brown.

Turn the oven off but leave the meringues in while it cools down.

To serve, whip some cream adding some icing sugar to taste. Dollop on top of a mini pavlova and add the fruit on top.

mini pavlovas

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