This month, I’m counting down the days until Christmas as a part of Blogmas. Just like an advent calander! Except no chocolate… I’m also offering you guys a little Christmas present. For all the days of December, I’ll be following back anyone who chooses to follow me. SO tell your friends, and let’s get our follower counts up!
Today I’m going to share with you one of the most important parts of everyone’s Christmas – food! It just isn’t Christmas without stuffing yourself full of unhealthy things and regretting it the day after.
In New Zealand, we have something called pavlova, and my Gran makes it for us every Christmas. This year, I’m going to attempt it, and I’ll admit I’m pretty nervous… Here’s the recipe from Chelsea for those of you who might want to try it:
6 egg whites (at room temperature)
2 cups Chelsea Caster Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla essence
1 tsp white vinegar
2 tsp cornflour
300ml cream, whipped
4 – 6 kiwifruit (or any other fruit), peeled and sliced for decoration
Mint sprigs to garnish
Pre-heat oven to 110ºC.
In a large metal, porcelain or glass bowl (don’t use plastic), beat egg whites until soft peaks form.
Add the sugar, gradually a teaspoon at a time. The mixture should be getting glossy, thick and shiny with each addition and the whole sugar adding process should take at least 10 mins. Beat in essence, vinegar and cornflour.
Spoon mixture out into a plate sized mound on a baking paper covered tray.
Bake for approx 1 1/2 hours, until dry and crisp and it lifts easily off the baking paper.
Cool on a wire rack.
To serve, place on a serving plate, pile with whipped cream and spread with sliced kiwifruit and garnish with mint sprigs.
Older eggs work better as the white breaks down easier.
Wipe the bowl beforehand with lemon juice to remove any greasy residue before beating the egg whites (grease affects the ability for the egg whites to reach the fluffy peaks you need)
Do any of you bake at Christmas? Have you ever tried pavlova? Most importantly, are you enjoying Blogmas??