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  • Serves 10
  • 35 mins prep
  • 95 mins cook

Chocolate cherry berry pavlova

Chocolate cherry BERRY PAVLOVA

Chocolate cherry berry pavlova, chocolate recipe, brought to you by Australian Women's Weekly

Ingredients

Chocolate cherry berry pavlova

  • 100 g dark chocolate (70% cocoa), chopped
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup (220g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 250 g cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (40g) icing (confectioners') sugar
  • 300 ml thickened (heavy) cream
  • fresh cherries with stems attached

Cherry blueberry compote

  • 2 cups (300g) cherries, halved, pitted
  • 1 cup (150g) blueberries
  • 1/3 cup (75g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) water
  • 1/4 cup (80g) cherry jam

Steps

Chocolate cherry berry pavlova

  1. Preheat oven to 120°C. Line an oven tray with baking paper. Mark an 18cm (7¼-inch) circle on paper.
  2. Place chocolate in a small heatproof bowl over a small saucepan of simmering water (don't allow bowl to touch water); stir until just melted. Cool slightly.
  3. Beat egg whites in a small bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form; gradually add caster sugar, beating until dissolved after each addition, and mixture is thick and glossy.
  4. Fold cornflour and vinegar into meringue mixture; swirl in chocolate. Dollop meringue inside marked circle on tray.
  5. Bake meringue for 1 1/4 hours or until dry to the touch. Turn oven off, leave meringue to cool in oven with door ajar.
  6. Meanwhile, make cherry blueberry compote: Place cherries, blueberries, sugar and the water in a medium saucepan over medium heat; bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes or until cherries and blueberries have released juices. Using a slotted spoon, transfer cherries and blueberries to a small bowl. Stir jam into juices in pan; bring to the boil. Boil for 5 minutes or until mixture thickens. Pour syrup over cherry mixture. Cool completely.
  7. Beat cream cheese, extract and icing sugar in a small bowl with an electric mixer until smooth; gradually beat in cream until smooth and combined.
  8. Just before serving, spoon cream cheese mixture on pavlova; top with compote. Decorate with fresh cherries.
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