Sep 17, 2013

Chocolate Pavlova with Nutella and Strawberries

You can’t beat a classic pavlova with crunchy white clouds of meringue and cream, or can you? How about a chocolate pavlova? With Nutella? Now we’re talking! I made this a double decker pavlova purely to have an excuse to fit more Nutella, strawberries and cream between the layers :)

Chocolate Pavlova with Nutella and Strawberries
 
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Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • 4 egg whites (room temp)
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 3 tsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 3 tsp cocoa powder
  • 250ml thickened cream
  • ¼ cup Nutella (or more if you want, no judgement)
  • 1 punnet of strawberries

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 150°C and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat egg-whites until soft peaks form.
  3. Gradually add the sugar, beating well until the mixture is glossy and the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Add the cornflour, vinegar and cocoa powder and fold through.
  5. Spoon mixture into 2 18-20cm circles. Using a palette knife, shape into a circle with high sides.
  6. Place in the oven, reduce the heat to 120°C and cook for 45 minutes.
  7. Then turn the oven off and allow the meringues to completely cool in the oven (at least an hour).
  8. Using an electric mixer, beat cream until soft peaks form.
  9. Gently transfer first layer of pavlova to a cake stand. Spread half the cream over the top, followed by half of the Nutella (microwave it for 10 seconds to help make runny).
  10. Chop half of the strawberries into a rough dice and sprinkle on top.
  11. Carefully put on the second layer of pavlova and repeat the cream and Nutella process. Garnish the top with halved strawberries.
  12. To serve, a dusting of icing sugar.

Here we have the first layer of the chocolate pavlova, covered in a generous layer of whipped cream, Nutella and chopped strawberries.

Then gently sandwich the second layer of pavlova on top, spread the whipped cream across using a spatula and then Jackson Pollock away with your Nutella! I like letting a few bits drip down the sides of the pavlova. Decorate with halved strawberries and a sprinkle of icing sugar and you’re in chocolate-pavlova heaven!

Oh! And the kind folks at Kitchenaid kindly loaned me my dream mixer – a pistachio stand mixer!

The whisk attachment made whipping my egg whites and cream a breeze. In fact it was so efficient I nearly over-whipped my cream as I wasn’t expecting it to get the job done so quickly. Oops!

I was so impressed with its performance (and looks) it even got to guest star in the background before the pavlova was promptly devoured.

 

A big thank you to Claire for hosting this month’s Sweet Adventures Blog Hop with the brilliant theme Meringue Mania! I am looking forward to salivating over everyone else’s delicious meringue-themed desserts.

34 Comments

  • Hot dang, that looks so good!

    • Why thank you lady! x

  • your pavlova looks amazing and I’m having mixer envy, pistachio is my favorite, well joint favorite, the copper is stunning too :)

    • Thank you Sally! And I agree, the pistachio mixer is the most beautiful of them all :)

  • Yes now you’re talking! Would it be bad to make this for dessert one night mid-week for just me and my husband? Thanks for joining the hop!

    • I think it would be rude not too! It would make you and hubby VERY happy :D

  • I’ll never say no to nutella on anything… haha! Great photos featuring the kitchenaid.. stil dreaming of the day that I own one!

    • I’m still dreaming of owning it too Tina… I am hoping for my 30th! But that is over a year away so I guess I have to be patient :p

  • I believe the only apt emoticon for this is:

    *_______________*

    SO BEAUTIFUL / GET INSIDE ME

    • I think that sums it up beautifully Alana :)

  • amazing way to use up this season’s strawberry overload! i absolutely adore your cake stand too!

    • I can’t believe how cheap strawberries are right now!! I think a lot of my future recipes will have to feature them :)

  • Perfect Swah most definitely need two layers so you can eat more Nutella and strawberries, I can’t think of a better idea. i love the colour of that kitchen aid. I can’t survive without mine, i use it every day

    • Anything that encourages eating more Nutella and strawberries is highly recommended! I can’t wait to one day own a Kitchen Aid mixer myself :)

  • Seriously loving the meringue stack and the pics – gorgeous on both counts!

    • Thank you kindly JJ! :D

  • Chocolate just makes everything better! That, or bacon…. but I think you made the right choice for the meringue. ;-)

    • Hmmm a bacon meringue… this could be amazing or terrible, I’m not sure haha. Better stick with chocolate ;)

  • your creations are away so stunning and delicious! love your array of cake stands!

    • Thank you! I have quite the cake stand collection/addiction ;)

  • Lucky you with the mixer! Do you have to give it back? :-P
    The pav looks gorgeous.

    • Thanks Deepa! Alas I must give it back at some point…. ;(

  • Nutella. Pavlova. You’re saying all the right things! Just scrumptious :)

    • Can’t go wrong :)

  • Oh my goodness woman. You had me at ‘chocolate’. My husband and I were lucky enough to receive a Kitchen Aid as a wedding present. Best thing ever x

    • Lucky ducks! Thank you xx

  • [...] No, I haven’t gone mad! Would you believe when I am not baking up and sampling delicious chocolate pavlovas or triple salted caramel cupcakes, I am actually quite [...]

  • What a heavenly pav! Looks bloody delicious.

    • Thanks Sarah! :)

  • Hey Swah,
    Going to have to try this!

    Have you tried doing the chocolate pav with red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar? It adds this glorious tangy dimension. I add about 100-150g finely grated chocolate to my chocolate pavs too. Cause too much of a good thing is too much, with chocolate being the exception that proves the rule ;)

    • Hello, adding vinegar sounds GENIUS! As does adding grated chocolate, oh yum I can’t wait to re-make this :) Thank you!

  • I’ve just found the perfect dessert for my daughter’s birthday dinner! Thanks, Swah!

    • Enjoy Marian! :)

  • […] love using it in my recipes whenever possible – for example my Butter Cookies with Nutella, Chocolate Pavlova with Nutella and Strawberries, Nutella Cheesecake, Ferrero Rocher Cake with Nutella Buttercream… ok ok I guess you get the […]

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