November 24, 2010

Technical Difficulties - Pavlova Alert

Error: The Dainty Baker's desktop has blown up... please replace relevant parts to get system up and running again.

Yes, my computer is f*cked (to put it politely). It just wont turn on.

So.. this means no proper blogging until I figure out what is wrong with it and how to fix it :( ... Exactly what I need before the festive season, isn't it?!

Anyways bear with me... I'll be posting piecemeal (not that I don't do that already) and the photos might be a little raw (because I CANT EDIT!) lol

I will however, leave you with a simple yet lovable classic, took the pictures with my iPhone (bless thee)!

Pavlova 1


3 egg whites
175g caster sugar
1 tsp cornflour
white wine vinegar
1 tsp vanilla essence

300 ml Double cream - whipped
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

To decorate:
Any fresh fruit of your choosing - I usually use raspberries (you can use defrosted ones), blueberries, passionfruit, strawberries & even mango for a summer twist!

Preheat oven to 150oC. Line a tray with baking paper. You can choose to draw a circle on the underside of the baking paper if you wish, to guide where the meringue should sit but I usually just do it free hand (i.e. pour the meringue on and shape it however I like :P)

Whip egg whites until foamy (bubble bath like). Then add in half the sugar and whip until at soft peak stage (shaving cream like).

Gradually add in the rest of the sugar, corn flour, vinegar and essence and beat until mixture stands at stiff peaks.

Pour onto the baking paper and shape into a nest, bake for 1 hr and then let cool in the oven.

Whip cream together with the essence and sugar, then spread on top of the cooled meringue nest. Finish with toppings of your choice.

Pavlova 4

I love pavlova, its so easy and quick to prepare. The crunch of the outside balances beautifully with the fluffy inside and the fruit takes away the sugary guilt of the meringue ;)


Pavlova 2

Hope you guys are having a better week than me.


p.s. any IT tech heads out there who are willing to gimme a hand.. and maybe even do some charity work hehehe feel free to email me :D


  1. Your pavlova is so beautiful! It looks good even with the phone photos (which aren't that bad, really).

  2. Delicious! My bf's Japanese mum makes pavlova for every Christmas and we're having an early Christmas lunch this coming Sunday so I think there will be pavlova! Yum :-)

  3. Gorgeous! Even with the technical difficulties :)

    Your egg white descriptors are perfect. Shaving cream-like makes so much more sense to me than "soft peaks".

    (And did you use just cream on your topping? Or is that yoghurt under the berries too? I love yoghurt on top a pavlova - the tartness balances the sweetness just right for me!)

  4. oh i would have such an anxiety attack if my pc stopped working!

    the pavlova looks delish, its my favorite dessert for the holiday season - so australian!
    will surely give this a try - do you think we can still ask for the egg whites from the weekend's class? haha! well done R! another beautiful post despite technical difficulties!

  5. Aww dude that sucks about your computer! Let me know if I can help in any way. Your pavlova looks freakin awesome though :)

  6. Ughhh IT issues drives me mental! Sorry I can't be of any assistance... Mmmm I hope the pav eased the pain though ;)

  7. Oh no :( Sorry to hear about your computer! That sucks balls. If I knew anything about them, I would offer to help! But yay for the iphone and seriously omg, your pavlova looks awesome! Such an aussie summer classic!

  8. Hope your computer get fixed soon. Your photos are still good and the pavlova looks lovely.

  9. Ai ya ya...hate computer problems too. Hope that your computer will be fixed really soon... We fried our laptop just a yr ago and it's only 1 yr old. The worst thing is the warranty just expired. I don't know why our electronic always fails when the warranty just expires...??? Your pavlova look so delicious and you have been very generous with the amount of fruits on it...yum!

  10. That looks delicious! I've never had pavlova before *hangs head in shame*. It was good to see you at the food blogger's picnic today Rhonda! Hope your computer gets fixed and you are up and cooking in your "larger" kitchen :-)

  11. Awesome that you kept posting even when the chips were down.

    I trust your IT issues have been resolved by now?

    What took it out? Kinda curious cause IT is my main thing. Hardware failure? Virus?


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