Oops.. this post is way overdue but I have no idea why time passes sooo quickly as one gets older. Darn!
on Christmas day, we were invited to a lovely family potluck dinner. It's quite a mix and match-with people bringing all kinds of food (i.e. steamed yam cake, sticky date pudding muffins, prawns, bee hoon, fried rice, glutinous rice, sausages...etc). Not forgetting the classic....Baked Ham with a Chinese twist (honey 5 spiced baked ham!)
What I enjoyed most? Looking at the children's faces as they open their presents.
My contribution? Classic Australian Pavlova of course. In all honesty, this was the first time I made a pav so I was really nervous about it. Especially after seeing the great pav of Have your cake and eat it too and Lyrical Lemongrass. Still, I wouldn't say my first attempt is an absolute failure...
Pav was sitting sooooo pretty in the oven when I removed it the next morning. And the itcy hands of mine decided to assemble it 1 hr BEFORE the the dinner.
First lesson learnt- Having abit of patience and cutting fruits into smaller pieces AND placing less fruits on pav reduces the chance of it being smashed..
Second lesson learnt- There is a reason why it is best to assemble the pav just before serving!
Third lesson learnt- *knock daphne's head*- pav, cream and heat doesnt go together. The fridge is your best friend at that point.
Forth Lesson learnt- Thou shall not transport pav with toppings. Keep them seperate. Be prepared for a destructed pav if you do so.
Well well, at least the pav was crisp on the outside and mashmellowy on the inside.
Apperance doesnt matter as much right?
4 Egg whites
3/4 cup of caster sugar
1 tsp of white vinegar
3 tsps of corn flour
1) Preheat oven to 150C. Line baking tray and draw a 7inch circle on it.
2) Beat egg whites till soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar and beat will till glossy and stiff. Sift cornflour and fold through vinegar.
3) Spoon meringue mixture onto baking paper. Place in oven and reduce temperature to 120C. Cook for 1 hr. Turn oven off and leave it to cool overnight in the oven.
4) To serve topped with freshly whipped cream and fruits. Serve immediately.