Nana Rae’s Pavlova

Pavlova recipe

Yasmine, Rae's granddaughter made this delicious Pavlova for Christmas last year. It's become a family tradition. Some members of our family make it better than others but we all give it a go.

Oven temp 180 C

8 organic egg whites
2 cup caster sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoon vinegar
1 tablespoon cornflour


  1. Beat egg whites until stiff (but not forming cracks)
  2. Continue beating while slowly adding sugar.
  3. Reduce speed and add vinegar, vanilla & cornflour.
  4. Run spatula around inside of bowl to separate pav so that when bowl tilted sideways the whole
  5. mixture will slide out onto lined oven tray. (This way, no air pockets are formed)
  6. Flatten out slightly to the height you want, forming a circle.
  7. Leave oven at 180C for ten minutes or so until crust is showing then with electric oven, turn off and
  8. leave until cold or overnight.
  9. If you have a gas oven, they lose heat very quickly, so I leave it on at 120C for a couple of hours or so.
  10. Top with whipped cream and seasonal fruit

Note that this is double the usual recipe, but I never have trouble with waste!!
If kids are making it I suggest separating egg whites into cup first before adding to bowl, in case of yolk breaking – that’s absolutely a no no!