Saturday, December 17, 2016

Snazz Up Your Pav

What's an Australian Christmas without a pavlova? Admittedly, the iconic pav was never a favourite dessert of mine in the past, but I accredit this to the fact that I had only tried the sub-par supermarket kind. A homemade pav made well is a marhamllow-y mound with a crisp exterior that simply melts in your mouth. Add clouds of cream and a scattering of jeweled berries on top and you have heaven in a dessert.

Pavlovas are excellent for entertaining as they're fairly easy to whip together and the possibilities are endless when it comes to toppings. While the aforementioned combination is exquisite, it's so much fun playing around with flavours and showcasing the best seasonal produce to creating a truly stunning dessert. This week I made a mini batch of mini chocolate and raspberry pavlovas based on Nigella's recipe and they came out too cute not to share. Adorned with some pansies, they make for such perfect desserts and would surely make anyone a serious contender for host/hostess of the year.

If chocolate isn't your thing, there's no shortage of inspiration on pinterest, so much so that it is almost overwhelming. It took the liberty, therefore, of compiling a short list of the most gorgeous pavlovas I have seen. It goes to show that a classic can still be reinvented to become extraordinary!

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