Monday, November 07, 2005

For Bec...

Pink-peppercorn meringue with passionfruit curd and strawberries
Pavlova
4 egg whites
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tblsp cornflour
2 tsp pink peppercorns, crushed

Strawberries
500g ripe small strawberries
3 tsp caster sugar

Passionfruit curd
6 egg yolks
1/2 cup caster sugar
120ml passionfruit juice (about 12 passionfruit - strained)
150g butter, chopped

Preheat oven to 200C
For the Pav
Beat egg whites w/ a pinch of salt until soft peaks form.
Add 1/4 cup sugar and beat for about 3 minutes until sugar dissolves.
Add remaining sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, making sure it's dissolved before adding next amount.
Beat until smooth and glossy.
Add vanilla and vinegar, then fold in cornflour and peppercorns.
Spread mixture into a 15x20cm rectangle.
Reduce oven to 120C and bake for 1 hour. Turn off oven and leave to cool in oven.

For the passionfruit curd
Whisk egg yolks, sugar, passionfruit juice in the top of a double saucepan or heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water until well combined.
Add butter, piece by piece, whisking constantly until each piece has melted.
Stir until mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Don't boil.
Remove from heat, cover with plastic wrap and cool, then refrigerate.

For the strawberries
Thinly slice half the strawberries lengthwise, place on a baking paper lined tray.
Sprinkle with extra sugar, bake at 100C for 1 hour or until dry.
Remove and cool on a wire rack.

To serve
Spoon cooled passionfruit curd over meringue and top with fresh and dried strawberries.

Serves 4-6
From: Australian Gourmet Traveller, September 1999. Recipe by Lynne Mullins

2 Comments:

Blogger Bec of the Ladies Lounge said...

Thanks again - and have shared with the lovely Lucinda.

In a bit of spooky serendipity, last week the SMH produced a mag called Summer+Food and lo and behold, when I looked back at it on the weekend there is a pink peppercorn pav recipe by - guess who? Lynne Mullins...

I know you have doubts about this one Kim, and the best I can do for you is to say chocolate chilli ice cream.

2:10 pm  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

My heavens this looks beautiful! Not sure I would ever make it because it seems VERY complex! But I LOVE reading recipes!
Michele sent me today and I'm happy to be here!

7:56 pm  

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