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24.04.2020- Adventures in Baking: Fruit Pavlova

It will probably be no surprise that over the last month or so, my baking game has well and truly amped up! I've got a bit of a backlog of bakes to share, but for now here's a look at my most recent from last weekend- a fruit pavlova which I adapted from this recipe on BBC Good Food.

Ingredients
4 egg whites
250g caster sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp cornflour
1 tsp vanilla extract
Cream (either double cream whipped or straight from a can)
Fruit of your choice (can be fresh, tinned, frozen- whatever you have handy!)

Method
1) Heat the oven to 130 degrees fan/gas mark 2.
2) Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper (it needs to be large enough to allow the meringue mix to spread out).
3) Separate the eggs (I used my yolks to scramble for lunch to save them going to waste) and whisk the whites with a mixer until they form stiff peaks. Begin to add the caster sugar 1 teaspoon at a time, mixing slowly as you go until the mixture is glossy.
4) Add and mix the lemon juice, cornflour and vanilla extract.
5) Add the meringue to the baking tray and bake for one hour. Once cooked, ensure the meringue is allowed to cool inside the oven (turned off).
6) Once the meringue is completely cool, add the whipped cream and fruit.
7) Serve and enjoy!

This bake was really fun and easy to make, and allows plenty of room for adaptation depending on what you've got hiding in the fridge, freezer or store cupboard. It's also a really nice alternative to cake if you're running low on flour!

What have you been cooking lately?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

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