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Strawberry Pavlova
© PHOTO LUKAM

IVOIRE 35% & STRAWBERRY PAVLOVA

 
Category: Cakes and Tarts
Difficulty: Intermediate
 

INGREDIENTS

Serves 8.

Meringue:
100 grams egg whites (3 whites)
80 grams sugar
80 grams icing sugar

Verbena cream:
11cl whipping cream
10 grams fresh verbena leaf
150 grams IVOIRE 35% WHITE CHOCOLATE
225 grams whipping cream

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Meringue:
  • Beat the egg whites on a slow speed until the air bubbles are evenly distributed. Gradually add the sugar to give the whites an airy mousse texture.
  • Use a spatula to carefully add the icing sugar (which you have sifted in advance) into the mix.
  • Use a spoon to place the meringue in a ring on a tray covered with baking paper. Remove the ring, then bake in the oven for 40 minutes at 212°F (100°C)

*Chef’s note: You don't have to use a ring to arrange the meringue – just use a spoon to spread it out roughly.

 
Verbena cream:
  • Heat the smaller portion of cream. Once the cream is hot, infuse the verbena leaves in it for 10 minutes. Sieve through a chinois.
  • Melt the IVOIRE 35% white chocolate.
  • Use a whisk to gradually pour the hot cream over the melted Ivoire white chocolate, stirring vigorously all the while.
  • Add the large portion of cold liquid cream, then mix in an electric mixer. Store in the fridge for 12 hours.

*Chef’s note: You can use lemon zest for your infusion or replace the verbena with orange blossom water.

 
Assembly:
  • Use a whisk to whip the verbena cream until it forms stiff, airy peaks. Place the cream on the meringue and spread using a spoon.
  • Cut up some fresh strawberries and put them on the cream. Decorate with a small amount of icing sugar and a few verbena leaves. Refrigerate for 3 hours.

*Chef’s note: You don’t have to use strawberries – mangoes, pineapple and lime also work, among others.