I saw a form of this on a Christmas baking programme and just thought the idea looked great especially as I love making meringue since being taught by my Mother-In-Law (the queen of pavlova) but maybe it was a chance to make my own unique version. So here it is, my attempt at a Christmas Tree Pavlova with Pistachios and Chocolate Baubles:
- 4 Eggs Whites
- 8oz of Sugar
- 1tbsp of Lemon Juice
- 2tbsp of Cornflour
- 200ml of Cream
- 50g of Finely Chopped Pistachios
- 15-20 Chocolate Balls
- Firstly you want to draw your Christmas Tree onto a piece of baking paper, I just did this free hand as you are looking for a rough shape and not anything exact!
- Then flip the baking paper over and use to line a large baking tray (pencil down) also preheat your oven to 150C (fan)
- To start on your meringue separate 4 egg whites into a clean, dry large bowl, this is very important as it will ensure the pavlova holds its shape
- Then whisk (electrically or by hand if you have the courage) until the egg whites are stiff and forming peaks
- Sieve in the sugar then cornflour gradually whilst continuing to whisk
- Finally add the lemon juice and give the meringue a final whisk whilst ensuring it is still a stiff mixture
- Then using a spoon spread onto your Christmas tree outline carefully, building it up around the edges until you have your final shape, try to handle the mixture as little as possible so that the air stays inside
- Place carefully into the oven and turn down to 130C (fan) and cook for 45-55 minutes
- Turn the oven off and leave the pavlova to cool inside, usually around 4 hours but can be made the night before and left until morning
- Once cool whisk your cream and use to spread over the top of your pavlova
- Then spread the pistachios all over and add the chocolate baubles as desired
I was so happy at how my Christmas Tree Pavlova with Pistachios and Chocolate Baubles turned out, I was prepared for a potential disaster (which is OK, then you can make some type of Eton mess) but it was just as I wanted it and very very festive. It also must have tasted good as the whole thing was eaten by 4 people in one sitting after a starter and roast dinner!
I know Christmas has passed but I didn’t make this until our second Christmas with friends on Boxing Day so it may be one to store away for next Christmas. I am also thinking of adapting it for other times of the year, perhaps a heart at valentines day or a sun in the summer… If I do, I will be sure to share them with you!