Spiced Brown Sugar Pavlova with Whipped Cream Cheese, Gingerbread and Salted Caramel
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
Spiced Brown Sugar Pavlova
  • 6 egg whites (room temp)
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1½ tbsp cornflour
  • 1½ tsp white vinegar
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
Salted Caramel
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 120ml water
  • ¾ cup thickened cream
  • 2 tsp sea salt
Whipped Cream Cheese
  • 250g cream cheese
  • 250ml thickened cream
  • ¼ cup icing sugar
Crushed gingerbread biscuits (I used Pfeffernüsse)
Instructions
Pavlova:
  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 caster and brown sugar, beating well until the mixture is glossy and the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Add the cornflour, vinegar and spices and beat until well combined.
  5. Spoon mixture into 3 x 18-20cm circles. Using a palette knife, shape into a circle.
  6. Place in the oven, reduce the heat to 120°C and cook for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  7. Then turn the oven off and allow the meringues to completely cool in the oven (at least an hour).
Salted Caramel:
  1. Dissolve the sugar into the water in a heavy bottomed saucepan and let it bubble away over a medium heat.
  2. The mixture should turn a golden caramel colour after around 5-10 minutes. DON’T stir the caramel mixture – the sugar will crystallize.
  3. Once the caramel has reached the desired colour, take it off the heat and add the salt and cream. Whisk until combined.
Whipped Cream Cheese:
  1. Whip the cream until stiff peaks form and then set aside.
  2. In another bowl combine the cream cheese and icing sugar and beat until smooth.
  3. Fold in the whipped cream and gently stir until combined.
Assembly:
  1. Gently transfer the first layer of pavlova to a cake stand. Spread ⅓ of the whipped cream cheese over the top, followed by a scattering of crumbled gingerbread cookies, and a generous drizzle of the salted caramel.
  2. Carefully put on the next layer of pavlova and repeat the cream, gingerbread and salted caramel process until you have three layers.
  3. Enjoy!
Recipe by Love Swah at https://loveswah.com/2017/12/spiced-brown-sugar-pavlova-whipped-cream-cheese-gingerbread-salted-caramel/