Have you ever wondered how to make something out of nothing, when dear friends unexpectedly give you a call and decide to come along for a cup of coffee?
With only a few hours for preparation and little options available as ingredients at home, I imagine the only salvation is to let imagination dictate the course and see miracles happen. Well, most of the time…
I suspect every now and then, this is exactly how new creations come to life, driven by necessity the need for improvisation.
Returning from a business trip in Singapore, and with my husband abroad, our kitchen supplies are nearly empty. There is only a box of eggs at the fridge and a lonely Mascarpone, left from the New Year season somehow still unused.
In the cupboards I discover plenty of chocolate left from our school girl browny birthday celebration and my mind already starts being drawn to the idea of making a simple Chocolate Pavlova.
Wouldn’t that be a treat? Sweet and gooey meringue, touched by a velvety cream of Baileys flavoured white chocolate Mascarpone and to add a crunchy bite, scattered chocolate medallions and banana rings.
Well, as out of nothing this is decisively and deliciously quite something!
For the meringue
- 3 egg whites
- 1 package vanilla
- 250g suger
- 1 tsp. cornflour
- 1 tsp. white wine vinegar
- 300g Mascarpone
- 50ml Baileys
- 50g suger
- 100g white chocolate
- 100g dark chocolate
- 2tbsp milk
- 1 banana
- Chocolate medallions
1. For the meringue: Heat the oven to 180C. Cover a tray with baking parchment. Whisk the egg whites with electric beaters until they just form stiff and shiny peaks. Gradually add 250g sugar a couple of tablespoons at a time and whisk really well between each addition. When all of the sugar is used up continue whisking for 3-4 minutes or until the meringue is stiff and glossy and stands up in peaks, then whisk in the cornflour and vinegar. Spoon the mixture onto the baking parchment and use a palette knife to make a circle about 20cm in diameter. Put in the oven, turn the temperature down to 120C and cook for 1½ hours. Turn the oven off and leave the meringue inside until completely cold (you can make this the day before and leave to cool overnight).
2. To decorate: Carefully peel off the baking parchment and put the Pavlova on a serving dish. Don’t worry if it cracks.
3. Melt the white chocolate together with two spoons of milk over a pan of simmering water. Once melted in a consistent smooth chocolate cream, take off the heat and let it cool slightly.
4. In a mixing bawl, mix by hand the Mascarpone, sugar and Baileys. Add the melted chocolate and mix well together.
5. Spoon over the Pavlova meringue and decorate the top by rasping dark chocolate, and arranging banana disk and chocolate medallions.