Pavalova - An Iconic Kiwi Dish

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Pavlova decorated with kiwifruit and strawberries with whipped cream... a traditional presentation

***Under construction, but enjoy it and you can try the recipe**

If you come to New Zealand you must try the iconic sweet dish Pavlova or 'Pav' as the locals call it.  It was named after the Russian dancer Anna Pavlova when she toured Australasia during the 1930's, probaly because the cake looked like a tutu.

If you can try to have a home-made pavlova as they taster different and are far better than the supermarket varieties.

I have copied this recipe from my Mum but I think that it originally came from the Edmonds Cookbook published in the 1950's:


3 egg whites

3 tablespoons cold water

About 250grams castor sugar (fine sugar)

1 teaspoon vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

3 teaspoons cornflour


Beat egg whites until stiff, add cold water and beat again.

Add castor sugar a bit at a time, as you continue to beat the egg whites.

Beat slower and add vinegar, vanilla essence and cornflour.

Place on grased paper on a greased baking tray and bake at 150ºC (300ºF) for 45 minutes, then leave to cool in the oven.


Spread plenty of whipped cream over the cooled pavlova.

Then add soft fruit.  Passionfruit is a common topping.  At Christmas in New Zealand (which is summer) strawberries are often used.


The pavlova is classified as a cake but is mostly eaten as a dessert.


free08 says:
Looks yummy!
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013
hayley_phoon says:
yeah this is totally a local kiwi food! i had this too, i bought it from the slyvia park. if im not mistaken..mmmm added passion fruits as topping!
Posted on: May 14, 2011
mkrh says:

The vinegar helps make the crust crispy and the centre chewy. My Mum used what we call malt vinegar.

Hope you can try it...let me know how it goes for you. All the best

Posted on: Jun 22, 2009
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