Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Great Australian Pavlova Blog Hop - Brown sugar pav with strawberries and blueberries

When my twitter friend 84th & 3rd contacted me about the Great Australian Pavlova Blog Hop I was thrilled. My Kitchenaid and I were brought together to make Pavlovas quite frankly. I love making them, and sharing them. They seem to be the ultimate crowd pleaser for some reason, the sort of dessert that is only worthwhile if you are feeding over 8 people or so, perfect for a weekend barbecue or dinner party, but without looking like you've spent 10 hours slaving in the kitchen to produce it.

This pav was an experiment with brown sugar and trying to find that caramelly but not so sugary sweet perfection.  I went with the lovely Bill Granger's version of the brown sugar pavlova that also combines Greek yogurt with cream that again can counteract the dense sugary layer's sweetness. Keeping it simple and seasonal I scattered over strawberries and blueberries. Bliss.

Numerous ingredients for the meringue

Bill Granger's recipe calls for a number of techy baking ingredients that I'm not that familiar with. Arrowroot, cream of tartar and cornflour. But the combination did absolute wonders for the centre, it was soft and mousse-like and maybe just a little bit chewy. I'll be including them in the mix again.

Kitchenaid doing its thing!
The meringue shell starting to crack...
Pouring the cream & greek yogurt mixture onto the shell
Helping hand from the little cook
Quite decadent for Friday afternoon tea?

The sharing bit

Please make sure you visit a few pages on the Great Australian Pavlova Blog Hop. They are well worth the visit.


  1. Yeah! So glad you joined in the fun (not like there was much arm twisting to do, it's pav!) The inside looks lovely and fluffy - I may need to throw some arrowroot into the mix next time I make one :)

  2. I think I'm going to have to try Bill Granger's brown sugar pavlova next time I make one. It looks and sounds absolutely delicious. And I like the idea of the yoghurt/cream combo too - mmm.

    So glad you could join us for this blog hop!

  3. Sounds like a great blog hop to be part of, will have to keep my eye out for the next one.
    I'm planning on making a little meringue number this week, but I'll leave the pav making for Christmas time. I love using the cream/yoghurt combo on pavs too! Yum :-)

  4. Yay, great minds! I did Bill's brown sugar pavlova too. Isn't it simply scrumptious! Lovely to see your blog and meet you!

  5. JJ - thanks for inviting me, hope the next one isn't too long
    Hungry Australian - thank you! Brown sugar is a lovely variation, especially if you make meringue or pavlova a bit
    Emma - will pass on the details of the next blog hop I hear about!
    Lizzy - great minds think alike ;-)

  6. I love a good pav and this looks like a good pav!


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