Chocolate Orange Pavlova
Okay, the photo isn't the best in the world but it is all I have because the pavlova is long gone. I made this one because I was off to visit my friend and between us we were making a lunch for us and the children.
I used the Nigella Lawson recipe as inspiration for this, its pretty much tried and tested in our house so I can say hand on heart it works.
for the base
8 egg whites
500g caster sugar
4 teas spoons cornflour
2 tea spoons white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tubs of cream for whipping
tin of mandarin segments
some chocolate to grate
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
Line a baking sheet with parchment and draw a 25cm circle on it.
Whisk the egg whites till they have peaks.
whisk in the sugar a spoonful at a time,
the meringue should be soft and shiny.
Sprinkle the cornflour, vinegar and vanilla over the egg white mix and gently fold in with a spoon.
spread the mix onto your parchment to the edge of your circle, smooth over the surface.
Put the meringue in the oven and immediately turn the heat down to 120 degrees.
Cook for an hour then switch the oven off. Do not be tempted to open the oven and look as you will spoil it.