Blackberry and lemon mini pavlovas

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 12 people

We love these little beauties baked in paper, but you could scoop quenelles straight onto baking paper instead. A tarter-than-usual lemon curd offsets the sweetness of the pavlova, while blackberries add summer fragrance.

  • 225 gm (about 6) eggwhites
  • 330 gm (1½ cups) caster sugar
  • 1½ tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • Finely grated rind of 1 lemon, plus extra to serve
  • 300 gm mascarpone
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  • Lemon curd
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 50 gm caster sugar
  • 100 ml lemon juice
  • 60 gm butter, diced
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  • Blackberry syrup
  • 100 gm blackberries
  • 100 gm caster sugar
  • 1½ tbsp Chambord
  • Juice of 1 lemon
01   Preheat oven to 150°C and line twelve 125ml muffin moulds with muffin papers or patty cases. Whisk eggwhites and a pinch of salt in an electric mixer to soft peaks (4-5 minutes). With motor running, gradually add sugar and whisk until firm and glossy (2-3 minutes). Whisk in vinegar, fold in cornflour and lemon rind, then spoon into cases and scatter with a little extra rind. Place in oven, reduce temperature to 120°C and bake until crisp but not coloured (1¼-1½ hours). Turn off heat and cool completely in oven with door closed (3-4 hours). Pavlovas will keep in an airtight container for a day.
02   For lemon curd, whisk egg yolks and sugar in a saucepan, add lemon juice and butter and stir over medium heat until thick and smooth (3-4 minutes). Transfer to a bowl and chill. Curd will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for 5 days.
03   For blackberry syrup, stir ingredients and 2 tbsp water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer and cook until reduced to a light syrup (5-6 minutes). Cool, then swirl mixture through mascarpone.
04   Serve mini pavlovas topped with lemon curd, swirls of blackberry mascarpone and extra lemon rind.

Topics:

LEMON, SUMMER, DESSERT, BLACKBERRIES, MERINGUE

Recipe:

EMMA KNOWLES

Photography:

BEN DEARNLEY

Styling:

EMMA KNOWLES AND LYNSEY FRYERS

FEATURED IN

December 2017

December 2017

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