About this recipe:A very impressive take on the classic pavlova, yet easy to make with very basic ingredients. This makes a fab dinner party dessert. The ground almonds in the meringue really give a nice texture and flavour. Enjoy!
4 large egg whites
190g icing sugar
85g ground almonds
400g milk chocolate (I use Cadburys)
2 teaspoons instant coffee
125ml whipping cream
strawberries and cherries to decorate
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Method Prep:35min › Cook:25min › Ready in:1hr
To make the meringue: Mix egg whites with icing sugar. Beat together until fluffy with electric beater. Fold the ground almonds into the mixture.
Spread on baking tray and divide into 3 circles the same size. (This is to make the meringue layers.)
Bake in the oven for 25 minutes at 120 C / Gas 1/2.
To make chocolate fillings: Melt the chocolate, 125ml of cream and the instant coffee in a saucepan on low heat and cook very slowly until thick. (You could also use a double boiler.) Remove from heat and cool slightly.
To layer and decorate: Beat 125ml whipping cream with an electric beater until thick.
Put the first cooled meringue circle on a serving plate, then spread with the cream, followed by a drizzle of the chocolate mix over top.
Repeat the process by putting the second meringue circle on top, and topping with the cream and chocolate.
Put the last meringue circle at the top, layer with the last bit of cream and then chocolate.
Add handful of cherries and strawberries around to decorate.
When I had cooked the "meringue " I very nearly didN't complete the pavlova as they were thin and sort of spongy not like pavlova meringue at all. However I persevered and not only did it look nice when completed it tasted great, I tweaked it a bit by adding sliced strawberries in the layers. And there was too much of the chocolate mix so I only used about half. Very good but should have another name it is not a pavlova! - 19 Jan 2014