Finally I am getting around to writing a long awaited blog post! This one goes ALL the way back to Christmas and is meant to encourage YOU to try out these wonderful little bundles of fluffi-ness very very soon! Making a pavlova has been on my to-do’s of baking for some time now and I was very excited to finally find the perfect occasion. I was in charge of creating the dessert on Christmas Eve and after running a few options through my head, I chose a pavlova as it is light and suited for a warm Christmas.
On that note, we celebrated Christmas in our Cape Town home again this year and it was EVEN more magical than last year; most likely because we all feel so much more at home there now. After having lived in Cape Town for the whole of 2010, I can most definitely label myself as a local Cape-tonian!
If anyone is interested in where Pavlovas come from, check out the Wikipedia site here. It sums it up quite nicely:
“Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballet dancer Ánna Pávlova. Colloquially referred to as "pav", it is a cake similar to meringue with a crispy crust and soft, light inner. The dessert is believed to have been created in honour of the dancer either during or after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. The nationality of its creator has been a source of argument between the two nations for many years. The dessert is a popular dish and an important part of the national cuisine of both countries, and is frequently served during celebratory or holiday meals such as Christmas dinner or New Years Day brunch.”
Click here for the recipe. I got it from a site called Simply Recipes, a lovely site with endless amounts of beautiful recipes for both the sweet and the savoury cook. There are endless options but I chose a classic berry sauce and added some cream and passion-fruit pulp to serve the individual pavlovas with. Honestly, a perfect combination in my books!
For a very simple berry sauce recipe, click here.
I hope some of you get around to trying out the recipe. Its perfect for a dinner party dessert as it looks great and tastes even better!
Here are some more pictures of some of the starters we had at our Christmas Eve dinner. Yum!
|Bruschetta and Champagne!|
|Little Prawn Cocktails|
|An avocado mixture wrapped in smoked salmon|