Prep:  30 minutes
Cook:  1 hour (plus cooling time)
Serves:  8
Average: 3.8 (33 votes)
Recipe by: Western Star
Change up your traditional Christmas dessert with this luscious chocolate pavlova topped with whipped cream and pears cooked in spiced syrup.

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Choc Pavlova with Spiced Pears
Spiced Pears
To Serve
  1. To make the pavlova, preheat oven to 160°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper
  2. Place the egg whites and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk. Whisk on medium high for 15 mins until thick and glossy and sugar has dissolved. Fold through vinegar, corn flour and 1 ½ tbsp cocoa powder
  3. Using a spatula dollop mixture into a circle onto a baking tray and dust over the remaining cocoa powder. Swirl the cocoa through the meringue
  4. Place pavlova into the oven and reduce the oven temp to 120°C. Bake for 1 hour, then turn off oven and leave pavlova in the oven with the door propped open for at least 4 hours or overnight
Spiced Pears
  1. While the pavlova is cooking combine the pears, maple syrup, honey, water, ginger, vanilla and spices together in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 mins or until tender
  2. Remove pears from liquid and continue to cook the liquid for a further 30-40 mins until thick and syrupy. Place the pears back in the liquid and cool in the fridge for at least 3 hours or until cool
To Serve
  1. Whip cream to soft peaks
  2. To serve, place pavlova onto a serving plate, top with dollops of cream and arrange pears on top
Tips & Hints:
  • Instead of pears try using other fresh in season fruit. Peaches or apricots would be lovely.
  • Experiment with other spices or herbs in the syrup. Rosemary or thyme would be perfect additions.
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