November 27, 2011

Gluten Free Pavlova:: Grab a Spoon & Dig In!

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Talking and eating with family and friends is something that is, for me, synonomous with this time of year. When generally there's a little stress in the air along with a bunch of tinsel and people get together to catchup and make the most of the warmer months, here in Australia. It's a fabulous time of year and one that I am so glad to be able to spend with those we love, be it the whole clan, just friends or just that certain someone that makes you feel special.

I always like to make something for Christmas where ever we go and as last year was at our house, with my immediated family, we had a delicious meal, but I decided to do something I've never done before - make a Pavlova, only slightly scary I know!

Now, the pavlova is part of a rather heavy discussion here in Australia and New Zealand due to the merkyness of whom exactly created it. Personally, I don't give a rats who created it because it's delicious and I don't think it makes me any more or less Australian to know that we did or did not create it! It should be whipped up to those glossy white peaks and baked. Then top it with cream or chocolate mousse if you wish, your favourite fruits maybe even some berry sauce and ho into it! Personally, I've always wanted to just sit down and everyone grabs a spoon and hoes into the whole thing, all eating off the one plate, all nodding in delicious agreement to the wonderfull marshmallow centre and crispy outer then the sweet berries and oh, then do it all over again with another bite!

So, if you haven't made a pavlova before, I highly recommend that you do. My first pavlova last year was a success and consumed around midnight on Christmas Eve, this, my second pavlova was equally delicious and enjoyed around 9.30am last firday with my co-workers. I think I might try making my next one and eating it at a reasonable hour.... what do you think?

Plus the fabulous thing about pavlova's on a gluten free diet is that you just need to ensure you're using gluten free cornflour (White Wings brand here in Australia) to ensure it's gluten free - sooo easy!


Pavlova with Mango and Passionfruit: Gluten Free Recipe
Feed 8 hungry or 12 slightly over stuffed souls

3 egg whites
155g castor sugar
1 1/2tsp gluten free cornflour
1 1/1tsp white vinegar

Preheat your oven to 150degrees celcius. Get our some baking paper and draw a 8inch circle or rectangular shape onto the baking paper as a guide with a dark pencil. Flip your baking paper over so it's face down on your tray, this will help you not have the line transferred to your pav!

Ensure your mixing bowl is free of grease or moisture, otherwise your eggs may not whip up nicely. Whisk your eggwhites on high until stiff peaks form. In the Kitchen aid on high this only takes a moment or three so don't walk away! 

Whisking on high add sugar tablespoons at a time until combined. Your eggs should be glossy and stiffy peaks form when you lift the whisk out.

Sift over the gluten free cornflour, add the vinegar and whisk until just combined.

Dollop the mixture onto your baking paper into your desired shape, run your spatula up the sides and top of your pavlova to create nice whispy bits. Pop into your oven and immediately reduce the oven temperature to 120degrees celcius. Bake for approximately 1 hour and 10minutes. Turn your oven off and allow to cool completely inside the closed oven.

Note: If your pavlova is beginning to brown, simply reduce your oven temperature to 110  or so and cook for an extra 10 minutes.

To Serve

Whisk 1-2tblspon gluten free icing sugar into a tub of creme fraiche or marscapone. Then carefully dollop this onto the top of your pavlova. Decorate with mango curls and passionfruit pulp or any of your favourite in season fruits. Your pavlova will crack and sink in the middle with all the weight on top.

Serve immediately after decorating with a little dollop of zesty lemon curd on the side.

This post and recipe is part of the Australian Pavlova Blog Hop, hosted by Jennifer of Delicieux, you can see below what others have whipped up and enjoy eating a bite of everything with your virtual spoon!


  1. Hi Jas, your pavlova looks amazing!!! I love the way you've styled your photos!

    I've approved your link in the blog hop and it's showing up now. Are you able to add the blog hop code? Give me a shout if you need a hand :D

  2. Hello Jas,
    Your pavlova looks amazing and I love the way you've styled this. It makes me feel like heading back into the kitchen and baking another pavlova!
    So glad you joined us for this blog hop :)

  3. Hi Jennifer, blogger doesn't give the website link until you publish the page, so I had to publish it, then go back in and add the code two seconds later! (you're just too darned quick!)

  4. You know , this looks perfect to me . Its got passionfruit, mango and crunch, lovely pictures

  5. Hello Jas, yours is a lovely pavlova... mmmmmango and passionfruit. A topping to die for. LOL to your comment about 'not giving a rats' who created it. True, it is delicious. I do think the history behind food is fascinating.

  6. Yum! I'm going to try with mascarpone cheese next time instead of cream. Oh, all this pavlova is giving me cravings!

  7. Looks absolutely amazing!! I have a rule that passionfruit must always go on top of a pavlova.
    It is such a wonderful dessert for hot weather. :-)

  8. You pavlova is beautiful. By the way, you don't actually need to use cornflour at all! I don't bother, I also don't bother with vinegar.

  9. delish! I've been making pavlova for years, but always with berries and cream. Never considered mango and passion fruit. I'll have to give it a try!

  10. Hi Jas,

    Sorry for being too quick. Glad you got it all working :) Again, your pavlova looks amazing!

  11. You used cheese? I never had pavlova with cheese before. Interesting. Will have to try this out next time.

  12. Yum, looks lovely. Mascarpone is a great idea instead of cream!

  13. hmmm, looks very yummy and refreshing by using the mango and passionfruit...

  14. Your Pavlova looks perfect! I'm new to the whole Pavlova thing but I think it's my new obsession. Having fun hopping around and seeing all the different takes!

  15. Hi, I'm so excited to have found you! I'm also a gluten free blogger, I've been blogging for 6 months and had amazing responses! But I couldn't find other gf bloggers in Australia!, now I feel like I finally found a group to fit into in the blogging world! After reading your blog, I was inspired by the blog hop and your yummy pav! I've already made the base, I went for the chocolate berry line and even found some 1970s cookbooks that say to pipe the pav mixture! I did and it looks great, I can't wait to whip the cream, add some chocolate and balieys and top with berries and chocolate! Yummy! Oh by the way I blog under
    I look forward to many more chats with you xx

  16. what a delicious sounding (and looking!) recipe! Im going to grab a coffee and read more, so glad i found your blog :) Belle

  17. lovely! it's so so gobble-able. not too sickly. just perfect. i adore your plate/platter. i'm beginning to be totally obsessed with various serving bits and it's sending me to broketown.


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