There is a lot of contention about pavlova. And at the risk of offending any Kiwis in my audience…I’m claiming it. It has always been a favourite for my family on Australia Day and I decided to make them smaller so that my little Kidgredients can have a smaller serve of this delicious yet so very naughty dessert. Kids Australia Day Pavlovas- the yummy way to finish a day of celebrating how awesome our country is. I’ve done this post as part of an Australia Day blog hop, there’s lots of links below that will take you to awesome blogs that are joining together for a month of “all about Australia” in the lead up to Australia Day, so hop along and visit those that tickle your fancy!
There’s not much to not like about Pavlova. It’s meringue. It’s delicious. Oh my it’s good. I think if I was asked what I wanted for my last meal on earth I would request pavlova. The versatility of pavlova is just amazing. Make it big or small, top it with cream or yoghurt, add fruit, add chocolate, make a sandwich. Pavlova sandwich. Gosh. That might have to explored in another post.
What do you do for Australia Day? Typically it’s a BBQ here, as that seems to be the way it goes! We’ve tried year after year to also have a swim at Australia Day but the weather seems to be against us most years.
Now, the way to do these is to bake the meringue the day before. Leave it in a conatiner- not airtight for the next day. Why? The meringue firms up more on the outside and becomes gooier on the inside, just how I like it. I would have let the kids decorate these, using blueberries and strawberries, but I wanted them completely gorgeous for the photos, so my food blogger self wouldn’t let go, but they did decorate some themselves as well.
Don’t dress the pavs until just before serving, or better still, deliver them to the table with the toppings and let everyone do a “choose-your-own-adventure”. I’ve used blueberries and strawberries, but you could use whatever takes your fancy. I recommend peach and passionfruit, mango and raspberries whatever is in season!