Summer berry pavlova

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summer berry pavlova

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 25 minutes plus 2 hours baking

Serves: 8


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.


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 whites 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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11 thoughts on “Summer berry pavlova

    1. Thanks, it was pretty tasty but I don’t think you can go wrong with meringue, fruit and cream as a combination!

  1. #thesatsesh what a classic dish, sadly I’m not a fan of meringue (its the texture) but my son would probably eat the fruit before we made it anyway lol. I love the little people exploring the food processor – what a lovely idea to cook with much younger children (and super brave)

    1. Thanks. My husband loves meringue otherwise I wouldn’t really think to make it. At least with this dish you can just stick to the cream and berries!

  2. You have such amazing recipes! I have never made a pavlova but this would go down a stom with the kids – all those berries to pick at!

    Pinned 😉

    Thanks for linking to #coolmumclub

  3. Berry pavlovas are great for summer aren’t they – especially when their insides are so yummy & marshmallowy – Mmmmm! i love seeing your little ones bake – the look of concentration on your daughter’s face is brilliant 🙂 Thankyou for sharing with bakingCrumbs,
    Angela x

    1. Thanks. I love pavlova too and can’t wait for more summer fruit to be ready so I can make another one!

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