For this easy pavlova you don’t bake a meringue shell – simply brown mounds of meringue directly on plates and pile on grilled fruit.
Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 7-10 minutes Grilling time: 3-5 minutes (pavlovas), about 15 minutes (fruit)
375 ml (1½ c) castor sugar 1 ml (¼ t) cream of tartar 80 ml (¹⁄3 c) water pinch of salt 3 egg whites 5 ml (1 t) vanilla essence
3 guavas, 2 apples, 1 pineapple and 1 orange, cut into pieces and sliced but not peeled brown sugar few fresh bananas (optional)
230 g cream cheese or cottage cheese 1 can (115 g) granadilla pulp 30 ml (2 T) castor sugar 5 ml (1 t) lemon juice
1 Preheat the oven grill.
2 Pavlova Put all the ingredients in a glass bowl and place over a saucepan of boiling water, taking care the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Whisk over the boiling water for 7-10 minutes or until the meringue is thick and shiny. Set aside to cool slightly.
3 Spoon mounds of the meringue on ovenproof plates, spreading slightly with a fork. Grill until lightly browned (or use a blowtorch).
4 Fruit Arrange all the fruit except the bananas (if using) in an ovenproof dish, sprinkle sugar over and grill for about 15 minutes until lightly browned.
5 Cheese filling Lightly mix the cream cheese or cottage cheese and granadilla pulp (reserve a little pulp for drizzling on top). Add the castor sugar and lemon juice.
6 Just before serving, spoon a little of the cheese mixture on the meringue plates. Arrange the grilled fruit and bananas (if using) on top and drizzle the remaining granadilla pulp over.