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Pavlova with Honey-Lavender cream and Poached Strawberries

It was one of the first things that caught my eye when I bought Sur La Table’s The Art and Soul of Baking. It’s at 40% off ($24 only, maybe abt $30 after shipping depending on where u’re at) now at amazon and I bought the book many years ago (about 3) at RM154.12 in one of the book stores here. Is that why Malaysians don’t read / buy books much? It’s just ridiculously priced. Anyway..pardon the Monday talk.

 

I scaled the recipe down and made only 3 pavlovas. I hand whisked (don’t bother hand whisking if u’re making the full recipe unless u desperately need some hand workout) the meringue and added brown sugar instead, I don’t know what was I thinking then, but here it is. My pavs looked a bit brown cause my temperature was slightly higher than normal pavlova temperature. But still crunchy outside and fluffy inside.

The main reasons of making this was, again, I bought some ingredients and tried to make ‘something’ to use the ingredient. Not oh-I-want-to-make-this-so-i-buy-the-ingredients. Totally opposite. Lol. I am the type that goes and buy random stuffs and figure, oh ok now what am I going to do with this. I find it a little more fun this way. Anyways we’re not talking about that either. The main idea of this pavlova was to use up some of the Korean Strawberries my mum bought from the market. She bought them cause I was sick haha.

That ray of light was totally unintentional. I had not realized it until I’ve uploaded the photos to my mac.

They were small but perfect looking strawberries. Very red, extremely fragrant and sweet! Make some striking red strawberry sorbet; perfect for such hot weathers. I just bought another 2 boxes, I’m hopefully going to make ichigo daifuku with this batch. The last time I made, it was very ugly cause the strawberries were ….. huge and whitish. So… yup, just watch this space for a little longer.

(But then again I’m just saying, I may make something else then lol)

Pavlova with Honey-Lavender cream and Poached Strawberries

(adapted from Sur La Table’s The Art and Soul of Baking)

(makes 8 mini pavlova)

Meringue
130g caster sugar (2/3 cup)
1 tbsp corn starch
3 large egg whites (abt 80-90g
1/4 tsp cream of tartar / white vinegar / lemon juice
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Poached Strawberries
1 box of strawberries (abt 250g); or estimate 3-4 per serving
500ml water / 2 cups
200g sugar / 1 cup
1/2 vanilla pod, seeds scraped.(optional)

Honey-Lavender Cream
2 tbsp caster sugar
t tbsp dried lavender blossoms
250ml whipping cream / 1 cup
1 tbsp mild-flavoured honey

 

1. Make pavlova. Preheat oven to 120C. In a clean mixing bowl, place egg whites and cream of tartar in and whip on medium high speed until foamy. Gradually add caster sugar and salt. Continue to whisk at high speed till almost stiff peaks, add in vanilla and whisk for a little longer till its very stiff peak. Sift corn starch over meringue and lightly fold it with a spatula.

2. Baking pavlova. Use a 1/3 measuring cup and spoon the meringue out onto a lined tray (with parchment or silpat, up to you). Make a well in the center (so you have more cream later). Bake for 40-50 minutes until faintly golden and crispy on the outside. Transfer to rack and cool completely.

3. Poach the strawberries. Wash berries and pat dry. Hull each berry and cut them into half; cut 1/4 if they are huge. Place water, sugar and vanilla seeds and pod (optional but adds extra yumminess) in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, until sugar is completely dissolved. Carefully transfer berries into the pot and bring to boil again. (may just take abt 1-2 minutes only) Turn off heat and cover the pot. Let berries sit in the syrup until mixture is at room temperature – about 30 minutes.

4. Make honey-lavender cream. Place sugar and lavender in a spice grinder and blend till fine. Place cream, honey and 1 1/2 tbsp lavender sugar in a clean bowl. Whisk till soft peak forms. Wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until ready to assemble.

5. Assemble. Use a slotted spoon to scoop the strawberries from the poaching liquid and drain slightly. (Save the poaching liquid for cocktails / smoothie / juice) Place a meringue on each serving plate. Fill the centre of each meringue with honey lavender cream and top with strawberries. Serve immediately.

 

The lavender cream went really well with a what-may-be-tasteless-pavlova. Nothing much to comment about the poached strawberries, they were absolutely perfect. Poaching them introduces a mild vanilla flavour (if u’re feeling lavish and adds a vanilla pod) and reduces tartness (if the fruits aren’t very ripe). If the strawberries are small, don’t poach them for too long as it may turn all mushy looses out its texture.

 

*Since I’m still in the theme, I’d support the Aspiring Bakers #5 Fruity March with this entry.

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16 Comments on Pavlova with Honey-Lavender cream and Poached Strawberries

  1. Heather
    Monday, March 28, 2011 at 10:50 AM (3 years ago)

    Beautiful pavlovas! And I agree with skipping the cutlery entirely. :)

  2. Joyce
    Monday, March 28, 2011 at 11:45 AM (3 years ago)

    I love the way you present the pavlova even though I am not a fan of strawberries ! It looks just like a piece of artwork….So beautifully done up !

  3. Sonia
    Monday, March 28, 2011 at 1:12 PM (3 years ago)

    next time i have extra egg white, i must try Pavlova which i never try before. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Swee San
    Monday, March 28, 2011 at 1:56 PM (3 years ago)

    Heather, thanks! yup licking honey lavender cream off fingers yum

    Joyce, thanks why you should try the korean strawberries, they are absolutely yum!

    Sonia, its like ur meringue cookies. next time if got pot luck i make :)

  5. Vivienne
    Monday, March 28, 2011 at 3:55 PM (3 years ago)

    ohhh i love this cookbook too – have bookmarked like 20 recipes in there but so far have only attempted 4 i think.

    i was really excited on seeing your brown pavlovas because i recently had a bad failed experiment with brown sugar pav…not sure if it was because it was the ratio of my caster/brown sugar..or that i just didn’t whip it enough etc. i decided i didnt want to waste more eggs so didn’t keep on experimenting! yours turned out great – looks crispy on the outside (mine has soft exterior ><)

  6. Vivienne
    Monday, March 28, 2011 at 8:57 PM (3 years ago)

    regarding your question (you don’t mean dessert fourplay right? hehe i dun have that book). but in the Art & Soul, i’ve tried the cover raspberry souffle, the eclairs, the fetta + capsicum muffin and the banana/choc swirl loaf. they all turned out good! :) ohh i also tried the peach dumpling with the cream cheese wrap!

    • Swee San
      Monday, March 28, 2011 at 10:05 PM (3 years ago)

      Hey Viviene, lol sorry I wrote the wrong book!why silly me. *sign of aging* lol yes I’ve made the raspberry souffle on the cover, it was yummmm!!

  7. Marianne
    Monday, March 28, 2011 at 10:30 PM (3 years ago)

    Oooh looks good. I just might try this one day! 2Qs though.

    1. Any idea where can I get silpats in Klang Valley?
    2. Is the lavender blossoms necessary? And where do I get them!

  8. lena
    Monday, March 28, 2011 at 10:58 PM (3 years ago)

    i love these mini pavlovas and i think if i were to make them again, i just make them small like this. Lovely and i guess the poached strawberry taste nice too.

  9. Ispahan
    Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 3:48 AM (3 years ago)

    Mmmmmmhh….. I think I have to try this lavender flavoured cream…. I have some dried lavender at home that I like to drink as a tea…. So lets go for the cream

  10. shaz
    Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 7:24 PM (3 years ago)

    Hope you’re feeling better :) I’m the same, I impulse buy ingredients then try to work out what to do with them before they go off. All your baking looks so beautiful! ha ha, great eating pic.

  11. Sunitha
    Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 9:45 PM (3 years ago)

    Awesome pictures! Yes, do away with the cutlery for sure and get it all into the mouth quickly.. I am sure I would have done just that too.

  12. Rosa
    Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 8:05 PM (3 years ago)

    gorgeous pavlovas! I really love the flavor combination.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  13. pigpigscorner
    Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 10:43 PM (3 years ago)

    I like the colour, white somehow looks…uncooked.LOL

  14. Ellie (Almost Bourdain)
    Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 7:08 AM (3 years ago)

    Love the sound of the honey lavender cream. Love to have a bite of it now!

  15. wendyywy
    Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 5:57 PM (3 years ago)

    I love how ur niece ate that pavlova!!!
    My girls refused to wash hands after eating korean strawberries, simply becos they were too fragrant, LOL.
    U know what, I have no idea how lavender taste like.
    Hahah!

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