Christmas Pavlova
Serves 24
A popular family recipe that has been passed down from my Mum & grandma. There have been plenty of summer school holidays spent making this delicious dessert with my mum (sitting on the kitchen bench and fighting with my brothers over who’s going to lick the bowl!!) This dessert is perfect to whip up on Christmas day or over the summer holidays!
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 5 min
Total Time
1 hr 35 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 5 min
Total Time
1 hr 35 min
  1. 6 egg whites
  2. 1 ¼ cup caster sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon of cornflour
  4. 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  6. 300ml thickened cream, whipped
  1. The options are endless! I usually do a fruit/berries topping, but you could also top with crushed honeycomb, shaved chocolate or coconut.
  1. Preheat oven to 120°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Use an electric mixer to whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks.
  3. Gradually add the caster sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Make sure you beat well after each addition after sugar, until the meringue is thick and glossy.
  4. To test if the sugar is fully dissolved, rub a little meringue between your fingers. If it’s still gritty, the sugar hasn’t fully dissolved, so continue to whisk until it’s smooth.
  5. Slowly add the cornflour, vinegar and vanilla and whisk until it’s all combined.
  6. Spoon meringue onto the middle of the lined tray and bake for 1 & ½ hours.
  7. Once it’s finished cooking, turn the oven off but let the pavlova sit in the oven for a further hour with the oven door ajar.
  8. Transfer the pavlova onto a serving board and top with the whipped cream.
  9. Decorate your pavlova with your chosen toppings.
  10. Enjoy!
Important Tip
  1. When you’re making the meringue, it’s absolutely imperative that you avoid getting any yolk, shell or moisture in the bowl, otherwise it will affect the way it whips and how much it rises.
  2. I usually separate the eggs in another bowl, before transferring for whipping and also make sure the bowl is completely clean & dry!
Rebecca Pope Sydney Food & Lifestyle Blogger