Patriotic Pavlova is simply a red, white and blue flag shaped pavlova with a Union Jack made up of strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream!
Patriotic PavlovaCourse: DessertCuisine: Australia, New ZealandDifficulty: Easy
5 egg whites from large eggs
10 ounces / 285 grams / 1 ¼ cups caster sugar
1 pint / 475 grams / 2 cups double cream
2 tablespoons of icing sugar
1 pound 4 ounces / 570 grams / 2 ½ cups strawberries
8 ounces / 225 grams / 1 cup blueberries
- Pre-heat the oven to 150°C / 130°C Fan / 300°F / Gas Mark 2.
- Line a baking tray with baking parchment and mark a rectangle approximately 7 inches x 11 inches on it.
- Whisk the egg whites until stiff.
- Add the sugar gradually, one tablespoon at a time, whisking well between each addition.
- When all the sugar has been added continue whisking for a few minutes. Then rub a little of the meringue between your fingers – if it feels gritty the sugar hasn’t completely dissolved so continue whisking and testing until it feels smooth.
- Spread a layer of meringue over your marked rectangle and then put spoonfuls all around the edge.
- Smooth out the meringue until you have a rectangular shape with a hollowed out centre and outer walls.
- Cook in the pre-heated oven for 1 hour, then turn the oven off and leave the pavlova in the oven until cold.
- Whip the cream with the icing sugar until stiff.
- Remove the pavlova from the baking parchment onto a serving plate.
- Use the rectangle you marked on the baking parchment to plan out your Union Jack.
- Halve some of the strawberries and use them to make the red crosses on the flag. The central cross is thicker so use 2 strawberry halves for the width. The diagonal crosses need only one strawberry width. Fill in the blue part of the flag with blueberries.
- Now slice up the remaining strawberries.
- Put a layer of whipped cream into the pavlova and top with the sliced strawberries and remaining blueberries.
- Cover the fruit with another layer of whipped cream, spreading it completely over the top edges of the pavlova.
- Now transfer the fruit arranged on the baking parchment and arrange your Union Jack on top of the cream – the cream becoming the white portion of the flag.
- Chill for at least half an hour before serving.
- Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.
I do hope you enjoy your coronation celebrations. If you try any of my coronation recipes – King Charles’ Scones, Patriotic Pavlova or Queen Elizabeth’s Chocolate Biscuit Cake – I would love to hear from you via the comments here or please post a photo on Instagram and tag me in (@sconesplusmore) https://www.instagram.com/sconesplusmore/.
Until next time Happy Baking!