Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova

This is a family favorite dessert that I usually make for or around Valentine's Day. It is really good anytime you can find some really nice raspberries...It is chocolatey...squidgy and marshmallowy on the inside...crisp on the outside...just plain heavenly as far as my family is concerned. Another great recipe from Nigella Lawson...

Nigella Lawson

for the chocolate meringue base:

6 egg whites

one cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons best quality, unsweetened cocoa powder, sieved

1 teaspoon balsamic or red wine vinegar

2 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

for the topping:

2 cups heavy cream

4 cups raspberries

2-3 tablespoons coarsely grated bittersweet chocolate

Preheat the oven to 350* and line a baking tray with baking parchment.

Beat the egg whites until satiny peaks form, and then beat in the sugar a spoonful at a time until the meringue is stiff and shiny. Sprinkle over the cocoa and vinegar, and the chopped chocolate. Then gently fold everything until the cocoa is thoroughly mixed in. Mound on to a baking sheet in a fat circle approximately 9 inches in diameter, smoothing the sides and top. Place in the oven, then immediately turn the temperature down to 300* and cook for about one to one and a quarter hours. When it's ready it should look crisp around the edges and on the sides and be dry on top, but when you prod the centre you should feel the promise of squidginess beneath your fingers. Turn off the oven and open the door slightly, and let the chocolate meringue disc cool completely.

When you're ready to serve, invert on to a big, flat-bottomed plate. Whisk the cream till thick but still soft and pile it on top of the meringue, then scatter over the raspberries. Coarsely grate the chocolate so that you get curls rather than rubble, as you don't want the raspberries' luscious colour and form to be obscured, and sprinkle haphazardly over the top, letting some fall, as it will, on the plate's rim.

Serves 8-10.

MY NOTES: I happened to have some Maille Raspberry vinegar and used gave a nice perfume to the meringue, but it is also wonderful with Balsamic or regular red wine vinegar. Also I pre-heated the oven to 350* and then turned down to 300* and let it stay there for about 20 minutes before I put in the Pavlova. Mine is usually done in less than an hour to an hour, so start checking at about 50 minutes. All ovens are different. I also skip the step of inverting the Pavlova onto a plate. I did it once and all I can say is it is asking for trouble. You can crack your beautiful Pav...but the good news is that if you do and it cracks, all is covered by a lovely coating of softly whipped cream and no one will be the wiser. This sometimes can spread while baking
so I draw a 9 inch circle on one side of the parchment and turn it over. When I am loading the meringue onto the baking tray I do my best to keep the meringue inside of the circle and try to pile it high, because of the spread. But none of this has anything to do with the taste.....
With this one I used Droste Cocoa and Valrhona chocolate...I also add 2 Tablespoons of confectioner's sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla to the cream. Do your best not to over whip the makes a big difference if it is softly whipped....


  1. Beautiful..I've been looking at different pavlova recipes..always good to find one that is tried and true! Super photos..

  2. Thank you...
    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Linda... oooh, (can you hear my *sighs* on the other side of the country?!)

    This looks heavenly, truly ethereal.

    I've never tried chocolate Pavlova, but after seeing yours it's on my TO MAKE list!

    Thank you so much for the extra tips and suggestions, I really appreciate those.

    Great photos... I could lick the screen. xo~m.

  4. This is the kind of dessert that you could eat in bed with your sweetie....who knows what could happen...:X
    I know...I am bad....

  5. Gorgeous, Linda! It looks so luscious and decadent! Yum.

  6. That does look so good...I like the idea of chocolate...what could be bad!

  7. This is a beautiful dessert! I remember seeing Nigella make it or something similar years ago on TV. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Oh wow! Could this look any tastier? What an absolutly beautiful photo! I am drooling! YuM!

  9. Thank you everyone...and thanks so much for stopping by!

  10. This looks fantastic, great job.

  11. Thank you...I am glad you stopped by to visit!

  12. Thanks it was a great support, now to cook a wolf is very easy by using your advice. Kudos

  13. You are most welcome...glad you enjoyed it!