Cuisine: New Zealand (although some may not agree!)
What you need
150ml egg white (4 eggs)
1 cup caster sugar
2 tablespoons cornflour, sifted
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 cup single pouring cream
½ cup passionfruit pulp
250g strawberries, stalks removed and sliced
How to make
Set oven temp to 150C. In a glass or metal bowl, add egg whites and beat with a mixer until they form white soft peaks. I whisked on a low setting and it only took 3 mins.
Gradually add the sugar, 1 tbsp at a time and whisk well until it feels thick and looks glossy. Add cornflour and vinegar and whisk until just combined.
On a baking tray lined with baking paper, pile meringue high in the centre and using a spatula spread the mixture out to the edges so you get an indented top but the sides are high all the way around. This is your space for the cream.
Reduce oven to 120 C. Bake for 1hr 20mins.
Turn off oven and leave pavlova to cool completely in the oven. I opened my oven up just a little bit at this point, as a previous Pavlova went a light brown colour, so I didn’t want to overcook it. Its hard as every oven is different but this technique worked for me, my pavlova stayed white.
Whip cream until soft peaks form and spoon into the middle indented space. spread over top. Add strawberries and drizzle over passionfruit.
Ingrid’s BAKED PANCAKE WITH BALSAMIC SUMMER BERRIES
I’m a cheat! I’m always looking for ways to miss out cooking steps, to create delicious meals without having to slave in the kitchen for hours. With two crazy fun kids glued to my side most of the time ( Miss 18 month old has perfected the barnacle hold around my leg so I drag her around the kitchen – my only exercise right now!) So, baked pancakes are fantastic in my household right now – I serve them as a weekend breakfast, Vanessa’s savoury pancakes as an easy dinner option and this year I’m thinking they will make the perfect Christmas morning brunch. Easy peasy pancakes that look amazing straight out of the oven, and they can be adapted in so many ways. Keep the basic batter recipe, but instead add chopped bananas and a drizzle of honey or what about caramelised apples or chopped up nectarines (throw them in the oven at the same time with a sprinkle of sugar, a dollop of butter and a little bit of cinnamon).
After our taste of fame on the Mikes new show Family Recipe we were stoked to be asked to do a 7 minute cooking segment on the Good Morning show. The only problem is – it’s LIVE! For Family Recipes (27 mins of actual TV) we did 2 full days and a 2 hour interview so there would have been lots of chances to pick and choose the best bits and thankfully delete out the stuff ups! There was a spillage of beef stock, a near miss with the food processor, lots of giggles and more than likely a few inappropriate comments out of our mouths. We decided to cook baked pancakes – a cross between a Yorkshire pud and a Dutch baked pancake. Being more a savoury fan (cheese over dessert most times) I decided to turn what is a very basic batter into a delicious brunch. I used bacon and cheddar cheese with a few grilled tomatoes but any flavoursome cheese will work and change the bacon for ham, pastrami, sausages, smoked fish or even salmon. Fingers crossed we our pancakes behave on the day and our “one I prepared earlier puffs up on time” Phew feeling a tad nervous now…
What’s not to love about Chocolate Chip cookies especially when they are Seriously Good ones! Meg from kiwi food blog Growing Kiwis searched for sometime to find the perfect chew/crunch combo for these towering cookies. She reckons this recipe ‘is the one’. Check out her gorgeous photos and fun recipes. She’s a very talented photographer and a wonder woman fan – (does that mean you have the outfit?) Ingrid