Prep:  15 minutes
Cook:  21/2 hours
Serves:  dinner party (8-10)
Average: 4.4 (9 votes)
Recipe by: Creative Gourmet
This delicious pavlova is very special and perfect for summer entertaining. The crisp and chewy chocolate meringue with its 'mousse-like' centre teams beautifully with the tangy mixed berries. Note: It does crack a little when cooked and doesn't easily slice like a bought pavlova.
Credit: Louise Lister (photography)

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Mixed Berry & Chocolate Mousse Pavlova
  1. Preheat oven to 150°C. Draw a 23cm circle on a 30cm sheet of non-stick baking paper and place on a large baking tray
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites until firm peaks form. Gradually beat in the sugar, adding a tablespoonful at a time and beating well after each addition, until meringue is stiff, glossy and the sugar has dissolved (this will take about 5-7 minutes)
  3. Sift over the cocoa, cornflour and sprinkle with vinegar. Beat on low speed until evenly combined, scraping down sides of the bowl
  4. Spoon mixture onto the circle on the paper and smooth to form a cake shape. Bake for 5 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 90°C and bake for 21/2 hours or until crisp and firm on the top. Turn oven off and leave pavlova in oven with the door ajar until cool.
  1. Place frozen berries onto a tray and leave at room temperature until just defrosted (about 10 minutes on a warm day). Place the pavlova onto a serving platter. Top with whipped cream and berries. Lightly dust with cocoa and serve.
Tips & Hints:
  • You can make the meringue up to 1 day in advance and store it in a cool dry place overnight. It’s fragile so handle carefully
  • It’s best to top the pavlova with the cream and berries no more than 1 hour before serving
  • Health Tip – for a lower fat alternative replace thickened whipped cream with 500g low fat vanilla fruche. (Per serve: 50kJ, protein 7.2g, total fat 0.6g (sat. fat 0.3g), cholesterol 2.5mg, carbs 36g, fibre 0.8g, sodium 55.4mg. GI Estimate: Medium)
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