Monday, 26 May 2014

Triple almond pavlova stack with dessert wine figs

Iteration 1

This dessert is based very loosely on Donna Hay's Almond Pavlova Stack with a few tweaks.  It is one of the easiest/simplest desserts I have ever made and a huge hit.  My Dad, the dessert-hater, had seconds and scraped the bottom of the serving platter.

This has been through 2 iterations and I think the second one is a winner.

For both iterations I cut the sugar back to 2/3 cup (I can't stand sickly sweet desserts).  I subbed the peaches for figs because it's coming into winter and there are no peaches at the supermarket.  I used about 4-5 figs.  I found a hand mixer was better and faster than the electric mixer but the electric mixer does work if you don't have a hand mixer.

For Iteration 1 (don't laugh) I couldn't find a corkscrew to open the bottle of dessert wine so I made a brown sugar syrup instead.  It was a decent substitute but Iteration 2 with dessert wine had much more of a kick.

For Iteration 2 I made 3 meringue discs instead of 2 (I prefer thinner and more layers) using the same 4 egg whites and also spread 3 layers of cream.  Belissimo!

Iteration 2
PS - these 2 pics go to show how much of a difference lighting and background make to food photos

14 comments:

  1. Oh that pav stack looks amazing!!!!

    SSG xxx

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    1. Thanks SSG. It tastes as good as it looks!

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    1. You can start a pav revolution in London E!!

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  3. Wow, this looks amazing well done! I guess one could even use berries?
    Photographing food is so difficult. Did you use flash for picture one?

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    1. Berries would have worked really well. My cousin made a pav with pomegranate and that also worked a treat!

      No flash for picture one but the light for picture two is awful.

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  4. That looks amazing! Best to always use natural lighting when you can. ;)

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    1. I hate taking food photos in sht lighting but when you have 8 people ready to dig into your pav, you really can't spend much time fussing around with lighting and background :D

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    1. Not much of an achievement. Whizz whizz bake spatula done!

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  6. this looks so gooooood!!

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