Easy peasy lemon squeezy! An easy 10 minute pavlova! Wellâ€¦ Read on
I am inordinately proud of this, and am not ashamed to say so. I have long been a pava-holic but this is my first venture into a fruit-free (though far from fruitless) version. The instant espresso powder (do not use instant coffee granules) gives bitter oomph to the sweet, marshmallowy meringue, which I make with Two Chicksâ€™ free-range egg whites. I saw Monica use these on MasterChef: The Professionals, and if theyâ€™re good enough for her, theyâ€™re good enough for me!
Recipe posted by Nigella
4 egg whites
Pinch of salt
2 tsps cornflour
300ml double cream
Preheat the oven to 180Â°C/gas mark 4. Line a flat oven sheet with baking parchment and, using a 23cm cake tin, draw a circle on it.
Mix the sugar with the instant espresso powder in a small bowl and set aside.
In a clean, grease-free metal bowl whisk the egg whites and salt until they are holding soft peaks. Keep whisking while you add the sugar-coffee mixture a tablespoon at a time.
When you have a firm,ecru-coloured meringue, fold in the cornflour and vinegar using a grease-free metal spoon.
Dollop the meringue mixture inside the drawn circle. Smooth and shape it with a spatula so that it looks rather like the crown of a boater: it must be flat on top.
Put it in the oven and immediately turn down to 150Â°C/gas mark 3 and cook for an hour. Switch off the oven and leave inside until cool.
Once the base is cool,lift it carefully in its paper and place it top-side down on a flat plate and peel off the paper.Â
Whip the double cream until thick but soft and spread delicately over the top of the meringue. With a teaspoon, push the cocoa through a fine sieve or tea strainer to decorate the top, cappuccino-style.