Chocolate Cherry Pavlova

Chocolate Cherry Pavlova

06 September 2017

Try this stunning double-chocolate pavlova, which has cocoa indulgently swirled through the meringue. The combination of chocolate and cherries is always a winner and the extra grated dark chocolate on top of the pavlova is sure to make this every chocolate fan’s idea of a dream dessert.
  • Recipes

Category

Dessert

Serves

8

Preperation Time

20 Minutes

Cooking Time

1 Hour

Ingredients

Sponge:

5 egg whites

1 tsp cornflour

280g caster sugar

3 tbsp cocoa powder

sifted

Cherry & cream topping:

400g frozen stoned cherries

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tbsp caster sugar

250ml low-fat crème fraîche

300ml Greek yogurt

25g dark chocolate

coarsely grated

Instructions

1Preheat the oven to Gas 2/150°C/130°C fan. Line a baking tray with baking paper and draw a 20cm circle in the centre. To make the meringue, put the egg whites into a large, grease-free mixing bowl. Using an electric hand whisk on a low speed, start to whisk the egg whites and when foamy (after about 2 minutes), switch the whisk to medium. Continue to whisk for 1 minute, then turn to high and whisk until stiff peaks form and the mixture is light and fluffy

2Still on a high speed, whisk in the cornflour and then the sugar, a dessertspoon at a time, until the mixture looks stiff and glossy. (Adding the sugar slowly prevents the meringue weeping when cooked.) Lightly fold in the sifted cocoa powder using a metal spoon to make a swirly pattern – it shouldn’t be mixed in too thoroughly

3Spoon the mixture onto the circle marked out on the baking paper then, using the back of the spoon, make a crater in the centre, so that the sides are higher than the middle. Put in the oven, immediately turn the heat down to Gas 1/140°C/120°C fan, and bake for 1 hour until the outside of the meringue is crisp and the centre is slightly soft. Turn off the heat and leave the meringue in the oven until cold

4To make the topping, put the cherries in a small saucepan with the vanilla, cinnamon, caster sugar and a splash of water. Cook over a low heat for 5 minutes until the cherries are tender and juicy. Leave to cool

5To assemble the pavlova, place the meringue on a serving stand or plate. Mix together the crème fraîche and yogurt and spoon on top of the meringue, followed by the cherries and a little of the sauce; serve any surplus cherries and sauce in a bowl by the side. Grate the chocolate over just before serving.

Try this stunning double-chocolate pavlova, which has cocoa indulgently swirled through the meringue. The combination of chocolate and cherries is always a winner and the extra grated dark chocolate on top of the pavlova is sure to make this every chocolate fan’s idea of a dream dessert.