Hazelnut pavlovas

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup finely chopped hazelnuts
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 300mls thickened cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread
  • Frozen blueberries, thawed, to serve
  • Frozen raspberries, thawed, to serve

METHOD

Step 1

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Preheat oven to 180°C. Line an oven tray with non-stick baking paper. Using a round plate, trace a circle approximately 15cm in diameter onto the paper. Set aside.

Step 2

Place the hazelnuts on a separate baking tray. Bake for 5 minutes or until golden. Remove the hazelnuts from the oven, wrap in a clean tea towel (while they are still hot) and rub vigorously to remove the skins. Discard the skins. Finely chop the nuts and set aside to cool.

Step 3

Reduce oven to 120°C. Use electric beaters to beat the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until medium peaks form. Gradually add caster sugar, one tablespoonful at a time, beating constantly until meringue is thick and glossy and the sugar dissolved. Add the cornflour and vinegar and beat until just combined.

Step 4

Gently fold through the chopped hazelnuts. Spoon the meringue mixture onto the baking tray, following the shape of the traced circle. Bake immediately for 1 hour 15 mins then turn off the oven and leave to cool completely before removing.

Step 5

Beat the cream with the chocolate hazelnut spread until stiff peaks form. To serve, spoon the cream mixture over the top of the pavlova then sprinkle with the berries.

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