My grandmother's recipe from New Zealand for the famous Pavlova.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

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  • Beat egg whites until stiff, add cold water and beat again. Add sugar very gradually while still beating.

  • Slow beater and add vinegar, vanilla and cornstarch.

  • Place on parchment paper on a greased baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave cookies to cool in the oven. NOTE: Don't go opening and closing the oven door. If you must, close the door very carefully. Pavlova is not individual servings, it is of cake-size, decorated with whipped cream and topped with fresh fruit of your choice just before serving.

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Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

108.1 calories; 1.4 g protein; 26 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 21.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (19)

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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2006
Though Pavlova is not meant to be individual sizes my son (he's a chef) used this recipe at Thanksgiving and made individual sizes with whipped cream fresh blueberries blackberries and raspberries and a dash of raspberry sauce drizzled on top (wish I had a picture to share). Huge hit and so light after such a big meal. By the way New Zealand is the real originator of this dessert no matter what the other countries claim!: ) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/01/2011
I thought the meringue would be crispy but it had the texture of a marshmallow on the inside. I followed directions exactly. It cracked around th edges and didnt look so nice but the guests liked it. To make superfine sugar - put regular white sugar in your food processor or blender for 1 - 2 minutes. Read More
(9)
24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2006
Though Pavlova is not meant to be individual sizes my son (he's a chef) used this recipe at Thanksgiving and made individual sizes with whipped cream fresh blueberries blackberries and raspberries and a dash of raspberry sauce drizzled on top (wish I had a picture to share). Huge hit and so light after such a big meal. By the way New Zealand is the real originator of this dessert no matter what the other countries claim!: ) Read More
(49)
Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2011
This is delicious! I did have to try 3 times to make it work. I finally figured out what I was doing wrong. First make sure to let the eggs come to room temp. after separating the yolks. Second do not use a plastic mixing bowl the plastic is oily and it causes issues with the eggs. Thanks for the great recipe! Read More
(38)
Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2008
Our pavlova needed to quickly replace a Christmas day pavlova that was accidentally destroyed. We hopped online to find directions that used only ingredients we had around the house. This one fit the bill. Our first attempt at the humble pavlova (a New Zealand tradition), it turned out really well and was delicious. With helpful suggestions from friends, the key to the pavlova is adding the sugar in bit by bit, not disturbing it once it is in the oven and of course decorating it later with fresh whipped cream, strawberries and kiwifruit. Thanks for saving Christmas! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/09/2005
I'm not sure if I made this dessert correctly but never having it before I found it delicious and fascinating. I was a little scared of the multiple textures at first but was able to salvage a good half of my creation to serve. I made it without super fine sugar because I didn't have any which may have contributed to it being ultra-sweet. I'd love to try this made by someone who does it all the time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2012
As a kiwi-phile just back from New Zealand I would say that this recipe is excellent. You can grind normal white sugar in a coffee grinder, set at espresso (fine) to produce the fine castor sugar for the recipe. I make mine in a pie plate covered in parchment paper. The consistency is somewhere between angel food cake and cotton candy. I use fat free cool whip on top with fruit. A beautiful dessert! Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2011
I'm a kiwi (a new zealander) and i know good pavlova when i taste it and this is good! Another ways to top it is carmel sauce and fresh strawberry's.this is one of the best! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/01/2011
I thought the meringue would be crispy but it had the texture of a marshmallow on the inside. I followed directions exactly. It cracked around th edges and didnt look so nice but the guests liked it. To make superfine sugar - put regular white sugar in your food processor or blender for 1 - 2 minutes. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2014
I used an extra egg white and did not add the water. To add to the directions: separate eggs carefully and let whites sit about 1/2 hour to come to room temp. Beat them until foamy soft peaks appear, then very very slowly add the sugar. Use superfine sugar, or put regular sugar in food processor first. I like 1/4 cup sugar per egg white. You can lower oven temp to 250 and bake an hour, then turn off oven and let it sit until you're ready for it. The parchment paper just peeled right off. The center will probably fall...it's OK. Cover with whipped cream. I don't put sugar in the cream, just vanilla. The meringue is sweet enough. Also don't care for canned whipped cream or whipped toppings on this: too sweet. It is easier to eat if the fruit is cut up into bite sized pieces. You can whip the cream in advance and refrigerate. Just assemble quickly before serving. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2011
I love this stuff!!! Read More
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