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)!
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
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.
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 ;)
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