Winter Pavlova, Lemon Curd Cream and Caramel
Oh I know this looks fancy doesn’t it?….. Just a bit of piping for fun. Make yours plain if you want but it’s a Winter Pavlova as opposed to a Summer one because it has suddenly got cold here. BUT if it is hot where you are then lucky you, just change the fruit on top. The meringue is made with custard powder and a really nice lemon curd.
I wish I was a lot more fancy but this week I proved that I will never write a fashion or style blog.
I have been dragging a puffy vest around now for several weeks in case I suddenly get caught in a snowdrift. Crazy world weather, it keeps creeping to 23 C (74 F). I was off to the hairdresser, leggin’ it down the street with my vest over my arm. At the reception desk a rather beautifully dressed man flapped his hands at me and said….
“Darh-ling, let me hang that for you, it’s far too hot for a coat”. Oh I said flopping myself on the Magenta Faux velvet couch.
At least you know even if the style brush hasn’t coloured me it has painted a portrait on the salon I visit. After my cut I was looking decidedly better. Someone else took my card for payment and as I strode out into the sun, I didn’t think once about my closeted vest. In fact it wasn’t till the next morning when I thought I might take my puffer vest with me (in case it got cold), that I realized it was still at the salon.
I rang the salon recognising the voice of the well dressed man, I asked if my black vest was in the closet.
“Oh gosh darh-ling I don’t know” he purred. “What is the label?” And this is where the embarrassment starts. What label is it ….what? I said, in side my own head.
“I don’t know”. I said, “no idea”. I’ll admit I was chuffed with my vest but that’s because its a really nice shape. It came from Aldi and it was $16.99!.
“Is it a Serra?”.
” I have no idea whatsoever” I said ” but if it is black and it’s a vest, I’d say it would be mine”
“Oh, OK darh-ling I’ll leave it there, come and get it when you can”
Would it have got put somewhere a little safer had it not been Aldi Brand. That question will never be answered by me.
I am quite good at fancy desserts though, proving we are all good at something.
Now here’s a peak at a little French film that I was involved with about Pavlova’s. This was shown on French TV in April. If you can understand French it will make more sense but have a peak and see if you can see me in there!
- 4 whole egg whites reserve the yolks for the curd
- 220 gm sugar 1 Aus cup
- 2 Tablespoons custard powder
- 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar or cream of tartar
- 4 egg yolks from the eggs above
- 2 whole eggs
- 250 ml lemon Juice 1 Aus cup
- 110 gm caster sugar
- 150 gm butter chopped cold
- 400 ml cream whipped
- 3 cups fruit see notes
- 220 gm caster 1 cup
- 60 ml water 1/4 cup
- 125 ml orange juice 1/2 cup
- 125 ml cream 1/2 cup
Cream of tartar reacts with the whites to keep them fluffy / keep the air in them. If you have no Cream of tartar powder or you can't find any where you live a bit of vinegar will be a good substitute. It can be found in the supermarket
I used segmented chopped orange sweet persimmons and pomegranate as well as walnuts. Use what ever is available