Recipes

Dark Chocolate Blackberry Pavlovas

Dark Chocolate Blackberry Pavlovas

2ND NOVEMBER 2020

Welcome Autumn with these luxurious mini dark chocolate, blackberry and bay pavlovas. 

Preparation Time: 25 Minutes

Cooking Time: 1 Hour 10 Mintes (+ Cooling & Drying)

Serves: 10

 

Ingredients:

For the meringue

For the blackberries

For the yogurt-spiked cream

 

Method

  • STEP 1

    To make the meringue, melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, or in quick bursts in the microwave. Allow to cool. Mix together the sugar, cream of tartar and cornflour.

  • STEP 2

    Put the egg whites in a stand mixer or a metal or ceramic bowl. Using an electric whisk, whisk on a low-medium speed for a few mins until stiff peaks form, then slowly start to add in the sugar mixture, 1½ tbsp at a time, whisking between each addition until the sugar has dissolved and is well incorporated into the meringue. Once you have a thick, glossy meringue that holds its shape on the whisk, pour over the melted chocolate and swirl it in so you have a rippled meringue – avoid overmixing to retain the swirl effect. 

  • STEP 3

    Heat the oven to 120°C/100°C fan/gas ½ and use a little of the meringue mix from the whisk to stick some baking parchment to two baking sheets, then dollop on little mounds of meringue, or, if you prefer, make a nest shape by flattening the meringue down with the back of a spoon. Bake the meringues for 1 hr 10 mins until crisp and pulling away from the parchment. Leave to sit in the oven until completely cool.

  • STEP 4

    Meanwhile, weigh out 150g of the blackberries and put in a non-reactive pan (such as stainless steel) with the sugar and bay leaves. Cook over a gentle heat for a few mins, stirring so that the blackberries start to break down into a loose compote and release their juice. Leave the mixture to cool, then stir through the remaining blackberries. Set aside. 

  • STEP 5

    Whip the cream until soft peaks form, then fold through the natural yogurt. Swirl through a couple of spoonfuls of the blackberry and bay juices so you have a ripple effect. Add a spoonful of the cream mixture to each meringue and spoon over the blackberries and their juices. Discard the bay leaves. Best eaten on the day of baking.

Credit: Rosie Birkitt



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