Why not take the time to celebrate all things Aussie this long weekend by making these individual pavlovas from Williams Sonoma? They’re the perfect finish to a casual barbecue with friends.
Mangoes are at their best right now, the sweet soft flesh perfectly paired with the zingy tang of homemade passionfruit curd. If you’re new to pavlovas, be sure to set aside enough time – the meringues take about an hour to cook and more than double that to cool completely. The curd can also be made in advance.
For the pavlovas:
4 large eggwhites
Pinch of salt
1 cup (220 g) caster sugar
1 tsp cornflour
½ tsp malt vinegar
For the passionfruit curd:
¾ cup (185 g) sugar
2 whole eggs, plus 4 egg yolks
½ cup (125 g) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
½ cup (125 ml) passionfruit juice, strained
Juice of 1 lime
For the whipped cream:
1 cup (250 ml) cream
2 Tbsp sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 large mangoes, peeled and cubed
3 passionfruit, halved (optional)
Preheat an oven to 165°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper or parchment.
To make the pavlovas, in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggwhites and salt on high speed until foamy. Gradually beat in the sugar and continue to beat until the whites hold stiff, glossy peaks. Beat in the cornflour and vinegar.
Spoon 6 to 8 dollops of the meringue onto the prepared baking tray, dividing the mixture evenly and spacing them 2.5 cm to 5 cm apart (or, for 1 large meringue, spoon into a single large mound). Use the back of the spoon to create an indentation in the centre of each mound.
Bake for 2 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 120°C. Continue to bake until crisp to the touch, about 1 hour for individual meringues or 1 hour 40 minutes for a large meringue. Turn off the oven and leave the meringue(s) in the oven to cool completely, about 2 hours or up to overnight.
Meanwhile, to make the curd, in a bowl, whisk together the sugar, whole eggs and egg yolks. In a saucepan, stir the butter and passionfruit and lime juices over low heat until the butter melts. Add the egg mixture to the pan and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture has thickened and coats the back of a spoon, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat.
Transfer the curd to a heatproof container. Press a sheet of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the curd and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours.
No more than 4 hours before serving, whip the cream: In a bowl, using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the cream, sugar and vanilla on medium speed until medium peaks form. Use immediately, or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use, up to 4 hours. Whisk the cream briefly just before using.
To assemble, place the meringues on plate(s) and fill the centre(s) with the curd, dividing it evenly. Top with whipped cream and the mango cubes. If you like, squeeze the passionfruit seeds and pulp over the top of each pavlova, then serve. Serves 6 to 8.
–Find this recipe and more simple desserts in Kim Laidlaw’s Dessert of the Day Cookbook at Williams Sonoma.