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Deck the Dessert Table with this Step-by-Step Christmas Tree Pavlova

 

Here's a little confession: I am a sucker for Christmas traditions. From picking out a tree to hanging tinsel, I'm your Christmas super-fan. And what would the season be without a festive dessert? This year, we're donning our aprons and going the extra mile to create not just an edible delight, but a festive centerpiece – the Christmas Tree Pavlova!

Why Pavlova?

Before diving into the steps, let's talk a bit about Pavlova. Named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, this dessert is a beloved part of many Australian and Kiwi festive celebrations[^1^]. Pavlova is a merry meringue that's crisp on the outside and marshmallowy on the inside. Traditionally topped with cream and fresh fruit, it's the perfect refreshing dessert for those 'down-under' Christmases.

Now, here's an interesting holiday statistic: according to Australian statistics[^2^], a staggering 37% of households include Pavlova in their Christmas celebrations. That's a lot of meringue!

How to Make a Christmas Tree Pavlova: A Step-by-Step Guide

What You'll Need

  • 6 large egg whites
  • 1 and a half cups of caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Green food coloring
  • Whip cream, fruit for decoration – we're using kiwi, raspberry, and pomegranate seeds, but be creative!

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Preheat oven: Set to 120°C (248°F).
  2. Make the Meringue Mix: Whip egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, one tablespoon at a time, until the sugar dissolves. Then, add the vinegar, vanilla and a few drops of green food coloring. Whip until the meringue is thick and glossy.
  3. Shape Your Tree: Draw a series of increasingly smaller circles on a baking paper, starting from the base of your tree. Using a piping bag, pipe meringue following the circles.
  4. Bake: Put it in the oven for 1.5 hours or until crisp. Turn off the oven and leave to cool inside (with oven door slightly ajar) for about two hours.
  5. Decorate: Once cool, dollop whipped cream across each layer of your pavlova tree. Then add fruits as 'ornaments'.

Voila, you've made yourself a gorgeous, delicious Christmas Tree Pavlova! 

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