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Perfect Pavlova

By Chelsea Sugar
Perfect Pavlova
12 servings
  • 41 reviews

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep time 20 mins
  • Cooking time 1 hrs 30 mins
  • Serves

    6 egg whites (at room temperature)
    2 cups Chelsea Caster Sugar
    1 tsp vanilla essence
    1 tsp white vinegar
    2 tsp cornflour
    300ml cream, whipped
    Fruit for decoration


    Pre-heat oven to 110ºC bake (not fan bake).
    Line a baking tray with baking paper.
    In a large metal, ceramic or glass bowl (not plastic), beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.

    Continue beating while adding the sugar a quarter of a cup at a time. The mixture should get glossier and thicker with each addition and this should take at least 10 minutes. Beat in the vanilla, vinegar and cornflour.

    Spoon mixture out onto the prepared tray into a dinner plate sized mound.

    Bake for approximately 1 1/2 hours, until dry and crisp and it lifts easily off the baking paper. Turn the oven off and leave the pavlova for at least an hour before removing from the oven. Finish cooling on a wire rack. 

    When completely cool, place on a serving plate, swirl the top with the whipped cream and decorate with sliced or chopped fruit of your choice.

    Older eggs work better as the white breaks down easier.
    Wipe the bowl beforehand with lemon juice to remove any greasy residue before beating the egg whites (grease affects the ability for the egg whites to form peaks).
    Caster sugar is needed as the fine crystal size traps and holds air - more air is trapped because there are more crystals.

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Average Rating
(41 reviews)

this is amazing

I followed the recipe to a tee.
But the cooking time is way out.
1 1/2 hrs at 110 ° C in a non fan bake oven.Still uncooked.So I turned it up to 150° for another hour.Needless to say.Not a good result.

Too much sugar.

Always makes an amazing pavlova, don't quite know the trick to make it tall though mine are always a bit flatter but still taste just as good! a trick I found out if you're having trouble with the egg whites clean the bowl you use very thoroughly so no grease is present because the grease can make it more difficult for the eggs to form peaks

My go-to recipe. Just made two but the second one, instead of vanilla, I used lemon essence and a dollop of yellow food colouring. Kitchen smells divine and scraping the bowl afterwards was the best!! :D

Amazing recipe. Tasted great. Will recommend this recipe to people who aren't very good at making pavs (like me :) )

This was the first time I've made a pavlova and although it didn't quite turn out correctly (my error - think I didn't mix all the sugar in properly as it seeped syrup while baking), it was saveable and was absolutely delicious.

Worked perfectly. Delicious desert. So Yummy In my tummy. :-)

Made this recipe many times. Find this recipe excellent.

It was amazing. yummy.

Looking good at the moment.

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My husband worked in NZ several years ago, and we have returned three times......
this is one of his favorites....
he loves it, and it's fairly E-Z to put together........
it will be an " often " treat...............

Okay so pavlova turned out beautifully except - it's stuck to the baking paper!!! Yikes need to start all over again. I've read that you should put vegetable oil on your tray before putting paper down! Wish I knew that before.
It would be helpful if Chelsea would include this helpful info in their recipe!

First Pav I've ever made. Thought id never go there as i heard many horror stories and thought leave pav's to the grandma's of the world! Well i ain't no grandma and now have to make all pav's from now on! Awesome recipe for the newbies! The crust was thick ..YUM.. and that lil bit of chew.. Love the recipe.
CHELSEA: Well done Kath. Don't forget to try our new Golden Pavlova pretty sure it will be your new favourite. Happy Baking.

On point!!

I am not the baker in the family and first time making this I got given the ultimate compliment that it tastes like Grandmas. Pretty stoked about that. Absolutely amazing recipe!

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great recipe

I am a young mumma who is always having a bit of a battle in the kitchen. I just made this pavlova, maybe an hour or so ago, for my son's 3rd birthday party tomorrow. I tell ya, I have never seen a more perfect pavlova. I have been tooting my own horn ever since it came out of the oven. Everyone's jaws hit the floor at how wonderful it has turned out. Thank you thank you thank you!!! This recipe is a keeper. I will definitely be jotting this one down in the book of successful recipes I have tried. Cheers! Look no further! The perfect pav is this one right up in here :D

this recipe sukz...
better recipes are at phub...

It's perfect. I have used other recipes in the past but this turned out great.. thank you for sharing..

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A winner it's perfect

Great tasting pav but it did leak and crack a lot. Not bad for a first attempt at a pav though!

First time I've made a pavlova and this came out fabulous and was so easy and not intimidating

Made this 3 times now, and never failed, just keeps getting better, finding I am having to leave it in the oven to cool to avoid cracking.
Other than that awesome. Now my go to recipe when we want a fancy dessert to take to friends.

Very good Pav and looks like the picture. I will be making this again.

great pav all nz though

This recipe is a keeper. My first attempt at making a pav and it turned out perfect.

Hi - my question is my oven creates a moist heat which is great for cakes, etc. but not so good for meringues. Any suggestions for this. Mum was a great pav maker in her f&p oven, but these euro ovens don't seem to vent to the outside. I have tried a lemon meringue pie, but it wept!
CHELSEA: Hi there, unfortunately we're not sure how you can tweak your oven to make this work. Perhaps you might have to borrow a friend's oven for this one? Meringue can also weep due to other factors - over or undercooking, not using a fine enough sugar, using eggs that are too fresh etc, so make sure you have ruled out these things first. Good luck!

My old mums recipe is almost the same. 4 egg whites, 1 cup caster sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp vinegar, 3 tsp cornflour. Beat eggs for 10 min then slowly add sugar, slow beater down then add v/essence, vinegar, cornflour. All the same as your recipe. Set oven at 150, cook for 45 min, turn off and leave overnight to cool.

I have been making pavlovas for years (similar to this recipe) BUT I ALWAYS cook it on the plate I am serving it on - no problem with trying to get it off baking paper. When you think about it, pottery/china is fired at 1000 degrees or more so it is not going to break in a low oven temperature!!
CHELSEA: great tip!

Great pav! Came out perfectly! But had to cook for 2 hours and 15mins and cool in the oven. Perfect if you have plenty of time. Everybody loved it!

awesome pavlova

Lovely, maybe a bit too sweet and stayed flat. Other than that, excellent.

brilliant recipe and lovely and easy, went down a treat thank you

Best pavlova I've ever made!

Loved the recipe except I put everything into the bowl at the same time and beat on high for 12mins.
Perfect pavlova!!!!!

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Easy as and came out perfect

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Malt vinegar is not gluten free, to make it gluten free you could use white instead

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Why do my Pav's slowly form syrup beads on the surface?

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This is one seriously good pavlova!!! i have never been able to make a perfect pav but i made this one on Christmas day i it was supreme, no one had tasted one so good!!! thanks heaps=)

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I chose this recipe for my first attempt at a pav... Just perfect! This is a keeper

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