Aisling Larkin's Festive Berry Meringue

A Show Stopping Centre Piece

This dessert was a classic 1990’s dessert in our house, Although to be fair it did look a little different to this. My mom had her’s long and rectangular in shape and topped it with tinned mandarin, red grapes, kiwi cubes and strawberries. I have decided to share my modern family version with you. The art and beauty of this pavlova lie in the high, dome effect paired with the sweeping sides. The addition of some mango curd is just sensational. It takes it to a whole other level. Some mindful and light-handed placement of some seasonal berries et voila you are ready to wow all at your dinner table. 

Aisling Larkin's Festive Berry Pavlova

Easter Berry Pavlova

Pavlova has a light crisp shell and a soft, chewy, marshmallow centre. Topped with fresh berries and figs this is a simple but show stopping dessert.
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Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 8



  • 6 egg whites room temperature
  • 300 g sugar
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 ½ tsp white vinegar


  • 300 mls 3 cream
  • 150 g pre-made custard
  • 400 g raspberries
  • 200 g strawberries
  • 2 figs
  • 100 g white chocolate
  • 3 sprigs Fresh mint
  • 3 tbsp Icing Sugar to dust


  • Preheat the oven to 120℃. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper. Weigh and measure all the ingredients.
  • Separate the eggs one by one. Discard the yolks for this dish and use in another recipe.
  • In a clean metal bowl, whip the egg whites on a medium to high speed for 3 minutes.
  • Turn the beater up to a high speed and beat in the sugar, vanilla, vinegar, corn flour and cream of tartar ( if using ). Beat until stiff peaks are formed. Take 4 tbsps of mixture and put it in a piping bag with a small round nozzle.
  • Spoon out into a high dome shape on the parchment paper.
  • Using a spatula, create quick upward drag motions in the pavlova mixture to create a linear pattern with mini peaks around the crown.
  • Bake in the oven for 1 hour 15 minutes - 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • When the time is up turn off the oven and allow the pavlova to cool in the oven.
  • As it cools whip the cream, fold the custard in and gently dollop it on top.
  • The choose your berries of choice. Strawberry and lemon curd is fabulous, or I love raspberry and passionfruit. Another great combination is fig and strawberry with a little strawberry coulis. Sit the berries on top. Drizzle with a few tsps of coulis. For presentation purposes don't overload it, you can always serve a little extra on the side.