Pavlova boards are set to become the biggest trend this festive season. Here’s how to make one.
Move over cheese boards. Pavlova boards are here and will seriously impress your relatives this festive season.
The trendy dessert inspiration came from Shalini Nestor, founder of Swish Biscuits in Canberra.
Speaking to 7NEWS.com.au, Nestor explained that while she’s seen pavlova stations before, she had never seen it done on a grazing board.
“I came up with the idea because I’ve seen DIY pavlova bars and stations before, but I hadn’t seen it on a grazing board where the toppings are actually on the platter/table which makes it look really inviting and abundant,” she told the news site last year.
“My family absolutely loved the idea and we had so much fun choosing how to decorate our own pavs; it was a really nice interactive way to serve dessert.”
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How to make a pavlova board
You firstly have to make the meringue. To do this, follow Nestor’s instructions:
“To make the meringue nests I whipped up 8 egg whites until thick and foamy then slowly beat in 1 1/2 cups caster sugar until thick and glossy,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “Mix together 1 1/2 tsp cornflour with 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar and beat into the meringue. Draw 8cm circles on baking paper as a template (I had 12 circles split between two trays). Spoon on the meringue then bake in a slow oven at 120C for an hour; switch off and let them cool down with the oven door slightly ajar.”
You then provide a large selection of fruits and toppings in little jars such as “passionfruit, Nutella, homemade raspberry sauce, salted caramel and lemon curd” – and of course cream. You can’t forget the cream.
You can also add “coconut, chocolate and fresh mint” to the board.
Nestor’s favourite combination is “fresh mango slices with passionfruit and a sprinkle of shredded coconut” or one topped with ‘slated caramel sauce, raspberries and a sprinkle of Flake.”
It sure is an excellent way for everyone to get creative by making their own custom pavlovas this Christmas.