SUMMER MERINGUE CHALLENGE – Crown Layered Pavlova, Mini Pavlova Nest & Various Fillings

Table with plates of mini meringue nests topped with various fruits and titled.

Crown Layered Pavlova, Mini Pavlova Nest & Various Fillings

By Caro


This post was created to go along-side the monthly competition, in Facebook group Great British Bake Off Fans for the month of July, 2021.

2 meringue nests and one wuth Greek yoghurt, pomegranate and maple syrup titled.

Diana had reviewed a Crown Layered Pavlova recipe, from BBC Good Food website and we decided to use this meringue recipe as the basis for this competition. The idea is to make the meringue as a Pavlova, layered Pavlova, mini pavlova, nests etc, any way you like, but make sure it will work as a vessel for a filling.


Diana's meringue nests with cream, creme pat and lemon curd topped with raspberrie son a slate board.

Choice Of Fillings

The filling can be from the following – lemon curd, Créme Pâtissiére, Greek Yoghurt, cream, or even ice-cream. For the group competition, I have added my recipes for Lemon curd and Créme Pâtissiére for you to use. I have also given some ideas on additional flavours and fruits you can add to finish off the dessert(s).


Diana's lemon curd in a labeled jar, in a pretty blue bowl with accessories.

MERINGUE RECIPE

Crown Layered Pavlova

  • Here’s the crown layered pavlova recipe for making the meringue. Diana used that and piped 3 large circles of varying sizes, on baking/parchment paper, before filling them in the centres. She then filled with freshly whipped cream (double/heavy or whipping cream), cut strawberries, and topped it all off with chocolate dipped strawberries. Here’s Diana’s meringue tips:
Layered meringue rings with cream and strawberrie sin-between and chocolate dipped strawberries on top.

Diana’s Meringue Tips

  • To test if the egg wites are whisked enough, Diana likes to turn the bowl upside down and if the whites don’t move, they are done.
  • She also advises that it is best to leave the meringues in the oven over night, as storing in the fridge will result in condensation and the meringues weeping. Leaving in the oven will produce a nice meringue with a crisp & chewy centre.
  • Finally she advises that some cracks will inevitably result from pavlova and not to worry about it, just to be very gentle.

PREPARING THE MERINGUE


INGREDIENTS

  • 6 Egg Whites -medium (UK), Large (US)
  • Pinch Salt
  • 350g/12oz Caster Sugar (1 3/4c Extra/Super Fine Sugar)
  • 2 tsp Cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 1 tsp White Wine Vinegar or Lemon Juice

FOR THE FILLING

  • 600ml/20fl oz Double Cream, (2 1/2 cups Heavy/Whipping Cream)
  • 500g/18oz Strawberries, hulled (Approx. 2 1/2 cups)
  • Icing Sugar (powdered or confectioners’ sugar) for dusting
  • OVEN: 180C/350F/Gas 4 (Fan Oven 160c)
  • Reduce to 140C/275F/Gas 1 (Fan Oven 120c)
  • FOR FULL RECIPE – go to the BBC Good Food Website. Here we have just provided alternative measurements for convenience.


Collage of drawing circles on paper with cookie cutter and attaching paper to tray.

Mini Pavlova Nests

  • I chose to make mini Pavlova nests (12 in all) and the first nest I used 2 spoons to form, but found it fiddly and time consuming, so was quicker and neater to fill a piping bag with the meringue mixture and just pipe 12 circles onto paper that I had marked circles on, used a cookie cutter (7cm/2.75″) – remember to turn the paper over before piping onto it.
  • Top Tip – pipe a little of the meringue on the baking tray/sheet at the corners, to hold the paper in position.

Collage of making rings of meringue and then building nests.

  • I piped 12 circles, then piped a border on each, filled the bottoms, and used the left overs to build higher borders for holding more filling once baked.
  • These mini nests were baked for about 30 minutes and I then left for 30 minutes in the oven, with it turned off, before allowing to cool.

Below, are mini Pavlova nests baked, and on the right a comparison picture of the piped and spoon formed nests. The piping was much easier, and gives a deeper vessel. But, the spoon formed, is smoother looking.

Meringues baked.

Collage comparing piped and spooned meringues.


over head shot of jar of opened lemon curd, and some on a spoon.

FILLINGS

Ice-cream, Jam/Preserves & Whipped Cream

You can easily just whip fresh cream (double/whipping/heavy cream) to soft peaks and add some vanilla if you like. Ice-cream is also another nice addition to the meringue, so too is Greek Yoghurt. I paired it with pomegranate and one with raspberry jam and the flavour went really well with the sweet meringue. You can also add such things as jams/preserves, or even add to the cream or yoghurt.


Quick & Easy Créme Pâtissiére

Here’s my Easy Créme Pâtissiére recipe. Sometimes called Créme Pât, this is basically Pastry Cream, a thickened version of custard.

Watch the old video (sorry it is old), or go to the online recipe version – Creme Patissiere Pastry Cream.


2 Jars of home made lemon curd, spoon and sliced lemons, named.

HOME-MADE LEMON CURD

Why not use the left over egg yolks from the meringue, and make Lemon Curd. Try my easy lemon curd recipe, that also includes how to make different amounts of curd, as well as with varying amounts of eggs, just yolks, or a combination of both. Great way to use up left over yolks.

If you want to use just the 6 yolks left over form this meringue recipe, then that would make about enough for a 4 oz jar or 1/2 cup worth of curd. And if you use 2 tsp curd for each nest, that would be enough for all 12. For the crown layered pavlova, I would recommend either making 1 cup or 1 1/2 cup if you want left over curd.

My recipe includes all the combinations of what you need to make each volume amount. But for this example, with 6 yolks left over, to make 1 cup of curd, I would also add 2 whole eggs. If in any doubt, just comment below or message me.

Go to my Lemon Curd recipe



Collage of drainign canned peaches, and frying/grilling.

I didn’t have any fresh berries when I was making these nests and curd, so I used a can of peach halves to go with them. I simply drained the peaches and reserved the syrup. If you don’t want to throw the syrup away, you can use that and thicken it on the stove with about 1/4 tsp corn flour/starch, and bringing to a rolling boil. Once thickened you can brush onto the peaches.

For the peaches, I dry fried them on a good non-stick pan until coloured as in the photos. You can also grill on the bbq, and adding the thickened sugar syrup here will give it a nice caramelized coating. For the peach slices, I advise not cutting too thin. They give such a lovely bright summer like colour to the meringues. They were lovely too and just goes to show, you can use canned/tinned fruit too when you have to.


$ merinue nests with cream, greek yoghurt or lemon curd, topped with fruits.

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Plate of grilled peach halves and pomegranate.

CHALLENGE RECAP

1. Use the meringue recipe provided to make any vessel you like for:

2. Use one or more of the following fillings – my Lemon Curd recipe, Greek Yoghurt, Icecream, Whipped Cream, Jam/Preserve or my Pastry cream.

3. Add any fruit(s) you like for decoration but all decorations must be edible.

4. Take some clear photos, the more the better. Don’t be shy of sending lots.

5. Extra points for photo presentation – no special fancy camera required. Utilize the camera on your smart phone and think about your background.

***Tips for phone photos – don’t use the flash or a house light and be sure to clean your lens. Another good tip for a front on 90 degree shot, turn your phone upside down so the camera lens is at the bottom and not looking down on the bake.

6. Submit your photos to the July 2021 competition post in Facebook group, which will be saved in the ANNOUNCEMENTS section. More than one entry allowed. Submit by 31st July 2021, @midnight PDT. If not in the Facebook group, then email me your entry to – [email protected]. If I have enough entries, I will also add a website winner too.


Plate of meringue nest with whipped cream, cherry and maple syrup.

7. Winner in the Facebook group, will have their winning entry used as our group profile pic for the month of August 2021. Winning photo and all entries will be showcased on this website at a later date.

***On entering you give permission for me to use your photos for the website for feedback purposes. Any photos I use, will have your name and my website name printed over them for protection


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Here’s some pics of Diana’s meringue challenge


DIFFICULTY LEVEL: easy, beginner

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