Celebrate Australia Day with an Aussie icon - the Pav!

Expect oohs and aahs when you place this crowd pleaser on the table for Australia Day dessert.

It is not too hard to make but it does need an oven with a good low temperature.

Also, don't ignore the tips about using a scrupulously clean bowl and metal spoon. You want those egg whites light and fluffy.  I also like to have the eggs at room temperature when I start, so get them out early.

Here's a recipe from the good folks at Merlo which gives the pav a coffee kick. I'd be inclined to add a few shards of chocolate on the top at the end.

Merlo Coffee Pavlova with Summer Fruits


75g icing sugar
1 shot of Merlo Espresso
4 eggs, whites only
110g caster sugar
425ml double cream
450 g summer fruits, such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and passionfruit


Preheat the oven to 140ÂșC and line a large baking tray with good-quality greaseproof  paper.

Sift the icing sugar and coffee powder into a bowl. Then, in another spotlessly clean bowl, whisk the egg whites with an electric whisk on high speed until they have increased in volume and started to stiffen.

Still whisking, slowly add the caster sugar and continue to whisk until the mixture forms stiff peaks when the whisk is removed from the bowl.

Turn off the machine and, using a slotted metal spoon, vigorously beat in the sifted icing sugar and the Merlo Espresso shot until the mixture is glossy.

Spoon the meringue onto the centre of the lined baking tray and, using a palette knife, spread it into a circle about 28cm in diameter and 2cm thick.

Place the tray of meringue in the centre of the oven and bake for about 1½ hours, by which time it should look cracked on top, but still be slightly soft in the centre.  Remove the tray from the oven, allow to cool and then carefully lift the meringue off the greaseproof paper and place on a large serving plate.

Whip the cream until it just holds, then spread it loosely over the meringue. Scatter the summer fruits liberally on top and serve.

Disclaimer: Recipe supplied by Merlo Coffee