Pavlova Party

  • Recipe(s): Coconut, banana and passion fruit pavlova (page 397)
  • Prep: Easy
  • Taste: Good

Back on May 24, 2014 my partner was heading to a dinner party at a friend’s house. Her contribution to the party was a homemade pavlova. I had nothing to do with this dish as I was out of town, so below I have attempted to tell her story from what she’d told me/annotated in the cook book…

Pavlova is a classic dessert that’s light and fluffy and this recipe was just that. The differences here were the toppings/fruit that were required and the layering. The dish is started by making your basic meringue, which is easy and super delicious. You bake two separate rounds of meringue (top and bottom layer), then you make whipped cream and add a layer to the first meringue round with the addition of a layer of bananas and passion fruit seeds. I feel like you don’t normally see pavlova with passion fruit seeds or banana, so this was a bit different. Anyway, then the second round of meringue goes on top and to finish off, coconut shavings are sprinkled on top.  The fresh coconut shavings proved to be the most difficult part – my partner was by herself when she was making this and wasn’t able to get the fresh coconut opened. I’m told she watched several You Tube videos and tried imitating them but couldn’t get it to work. She even went out to buy a second coconut to try, but her efforts were in vain as she never was able to crack it. So in the end, she made a third trip to the store and bought dried shavings. This has been a reoccurring theme this year with this challenge – having to make multiple trips to the grocery store when we realize either we’ve forgotten something, bought the wrong item or screwed up and have to start again…I guess that’s why we’re calling it our ‘2014 challenge’.

This was a good dish but I’m not sure we’d make it with the coconut, banana and passion fruit seeds again (mainly because my partner doesn’t like coconut and neither of us are huge on passion fruit). I think we’d go for different fruit, like berries. Overall this is an easy recipe to make. The two layers of meringue made it stand out a bit from other pavlovas but in the end, I’m not sure it really enhanced the dessert. Also, a single layer (i.e. meringue on bottom and fruit on top) makes for a more colourful presentation. Regardless, it was good and we’d definitely try making it again but just with different toppings.

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