Pavlova Roulade

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Posted on 05/04/2012 by cakecrumbs

Pavlova is one of my favourite things in the world. So when looking through Julie Goodwin's "The heart of the Home" to find a recipe for week 19 of my cook book challenge, it was difficult to go past this.

For the uninitiated, a pavlova is a meringue-based dessert. It was created by a New Zealand chef in honour of the ballerina Anna Pavlova and has since become a staple in Australian and New Zealand national cuisine.

A good pavlova meringue has a crispy exterior but is soft and marshmallowy on the inside. It is then typically topped with cream and fruit, but it is open to additions. Additions that usually involve some form of chocolate. I like adding broken up Flake or Peppermint Crisp to it, preferably by folding it through the cream. It's such a delicious, refreshing dessert and always the first thing I make a bee line for.

I've never attempted a roulade of any sort simply because I foresaw it cracking and collapsing all over the place. I don't know what possessed me to think it was a good idea to do it the first time with meringue, least of all a pavlova meringue which is notorious for cracking at the best of times. Perhaps it was my love of pav, or the fact the point of Cook Book Challenge is supposed to be to challenge myself. 

I did the daggiest kitchen dance of all time when this worked. I was so exited. Not only did this not collapse, the whole process was much easier than I expected.

Once my excitement died down, I then had to resist eating the whole thing before the guests arrived.

But I couldn't resist taking a single slice first. You guys love dissected shots, right? It's was for the good of the blog! Honest!

Julie's recipe call only for strawberries. I added peaches and kiwi fruit. as with a normal pavlova, let your tastebuds do the talking and alter the filling as you see fit. Here's her recipe:

Pavlova Roulade


6 egg whites
1 1/2 cups (330g) caster sugar
1 tbsp cornflour
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
600 ml cream, whipped
2 punnets strawberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (140°C fan forced). Grease and line a 26 x 34 cm baking tray with non-stick baking paper
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add the sugar a little bit at a time, beating constantly, until the sugar is dissolved and stiff peaks form. Sprinkle over the cornflour, vinegar and vanilla and gently fold through the egg whites until combined. Do this very gently! Spread the mixture into the baking tray and bake for 20 minutes or until just firm. Meanwhile, slice half the strawberries and save the rest for serving. 
  3. When the meringue comes out of the oven, allow to cool for 5 minutes. Sprinkle a fresh sheet of baking paper with cornflour and lay it over the top of the meringue. Place a clean tea towel on the bench, and carefully turn the baking dish upside down so that the meringue comes out on top of the baking paper/tea towel. Carefully remove the baking paper from the bottom of the merinue. Spread half the cream in a line along the long edge of the meringue cloest to you. Press the sliced strawberries into the cream.
  4. Now the fun part -- carefully, using the tea towel as a helping hand, roll the meringue over the cream until it looks like a log. Carefully lift onto a serving plate, putting the join at the bottom. Serve with remaining cream and strawberries. 
Note: You can assemble the roulade up to 4 hours in advance, and refrigerate. It should be eaten on the day it is made. if you like, spread remaining cream on the top, and arrange quartered strawberries on the cream. Pomegranate seeks make a beautiful garnish. 

For more about Julie's cook book and more photos, check out the original post @ Cakecrumbs

cakecrumbs 4th-May-2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
I've only baked in a fan force oven a few times, and it didn't go well! I have a gas oven and I much prefer to bake in those. But they should go okay in a fan oven (although having the differential of heat does help with some recipes, I'm not sure if it makes difference with meringue).

The meringue was a lot more managable than I expected, though. It's not a very time consuming recipe so might be worth giving it a go and finding out!
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