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Warner's Taste Club - Fruity Pavlova recipe
Warner's Taste Club - Fruity Pavlova recipe

Fruity Pavlova

Make the most of seasonal fruit with this tasty pavlova from Cedrik Rullier, Head Chef at Wesley House in Winchcombe


  • 8 egg whites
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp distilled malt vinegar
  • 5g cornflour
  • 400g of caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod

Method for the Meringue

  • Preheat the oven to 100°C.
  • Place the egg whites in a bowl and start to whisk. Add the salt and whisk to soft peaks.
  • Whisk in the vinegar and slowly sift in the cornflour.
  • Add the caster sugar slowly, continuing to whisk until the meringue thickens.
  • Split and scrape the seeds out of the vanilla pod, add the vanilla seeds and whisk to stiff peaks.
  • Spoon the meringue into 6 mounds on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and shape into circles. Bake for about 2½ hours until dry and crisp. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

Vanilla cream

  • 300ml double cream
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod

Method for the Vanilla cream

  • Scrape the vanilla seeds from the pod and add to a bowl with the cream and sugar.
  • Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks.

Blackberry Purée

  • 100g blackberries
  • 1 tsp icing sugar, optional

Fruit filling

  • 3 plums cut into sixths
  • 3 figs, cut into quarters
  • 100g blackberries
  • Honey
  • Icing sugar, to dust

Method for the Fruit filling

  • For the fruit filling, add 100g blackberries to a blender and blitz until smooth. Taste the purée and add the icing sugar if it's a little too tart. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6.
  • Roast the figs and plums in the oven with a drizzle of honey for 5–10 minutes, until golden and just starting to soften.

To Serve

  • Lightly bash the tops of the meringues and add a generous dollop of cream to each one. Drizzle with some of the blackberry purée and top with the plums, figs and the remaining fresh blackberries. Finish with a dusting of icing sugar.
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To drink

Warner's Taste Club - Fruity Pavlova recipe

Enjoy a grown-up, chilled soft drink with this sweet dessert. Frobisher’s Sloe & Raspberry cordial, served with ice-cold sparkling water would be a great partner. Take a look at Drink of the Month for some more inspiration.