Apple and Blackberry Crumble Pavlova

Thursday 15 August 2013

I had in mind all week that I was going to make a Pavlova.  Food of the God's is Pavlova . . . all light and airy and somehow when you are eating it, you kind of are misguided into thinking there are no calories . . . coz it's kind of like eating a cloud, right???  And everyone knows that clouds have no calories!

I normally top my Pavlova with peaches or raspberries, but this today I decided to do something quite, quite different.  I had some apples that needed using and I thought to myself . . . how about a Pavlova that has all the elements of an Apple Crumble . . . and then I thought to myself, who not go one step further and make it an Apple and Blackberry Crumble.

Imagine it . . . a soft cloud of crisp on the outside, mallow like on the inside meringue . . . filled with a rich cloud of softly whipped cream . . .

Now . . .  top that cloud with a sweet/tart mixture of caramelized and slightly spiced apples mixed with fresh blackberries . . .

Finally . . . top the whole thing with scrummily sugared, flaked and toasted almonds . . . this is genius, pure culinary genius.

Sigh . . . this is the food of the Gods, all light and ethereal . . . and totally calorie free, I am sure of it!!!

Shhhh . . . please don't burst my bubble!  Sigh . . . I do so love it when I am inspired to push the boundaries of the traditional and create something totally familiar and at the same time totally new and refreshing!!

*Apple and Blackberry Crumble Pavlova*
Serves 8
Printable Recipe

All your favourite flavours in one scrummy dessert!

For the Meringue:
3 large free range egg whites
6 ounces caster sugar (a scant cup)
1 tsp cornflour
1 tsp white wine vinegar

For the Filling:
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 TBS butter
2 TBS soft light brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
pinch salt
1 punnet of blackberries (about 1 cup)

300ml of double cream (1 1/4 cups)

For the sugared almond topping:
1 1/2 ounces flaked almonds
2 TBS caster sugar

Preheat  the oven to 130*C/260*F/ gas mark 1/2.  Trace out a 7 inch circle on a  sheet of baking paper.  Place the baking paper on top of a baking  sheet.  Set aside.

Place the egg whites into a clean, grease  free, glass or metal bowl.  Beat with an electric mixer until soft peaks  form.  Add half of the sugar and continue to beat until the egg whites  are stiff and glossy.  Slowly beat in the remaining sugar (reserving 1  TBS) until it is all amalgamated.  Stir the cornflour and remaining  sugar together and beat that in along with the vinegar, beating it for  about a minute.  Spoon the meringue mixture out onto the baking paper,  spreading it with a metal spoon to fill the circle and scooping it  somewhat hollow in the centre, creating a raised edge all around.

Place  into the heated oven and bake for about 1 hour, until crisp on the  outside and mallow like on the inside.  Set aside to cool on the baking  tray.  Once completely cooled, carefully peel off the baking paper and  set the meringue onto a plate.

For the filling, place the apples,  butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt into a small skillet.   Cook, stirring occasionally over medium high heat, until the apples are  somewhat softened and beginning to caramelize, but still holding their  shape.  Stir in the blackberries and set aside to cool completely.

Make  the sugared almond topping by placing the almonds into a skillet along  with the sugar. (Have a sheet of baking paper ready and waiting on the  counter.)  Cook and stir over medium high heat until the sugar melts and  begins to coat the almonds, some 2 to 3 minutes.  Take care not to burn  the sugar.  Remove from the heat immediately and pour the almonds out  onto the baking paper, spreading them out as much as you can.  Allow to  cool completely.

When ready to assemble whip the cream until it  forms soft peaks.  Spoon this into the centre of the meringue.  Spoon  the apple and blackberry mixture over top along with all their juices.   Sprinkle with the candied almonds and serve immediately.  Delicious! 

If you are thinking this is a repeat, then you would be correct.  This is a repost from an earlier date.  I just didn't have anything new to show you today, but thought you wouldn't mind em re-sharing this!   Blackberry season is upon us!


  1. Very clever, I'm impressed. My husband loves both those desserts so I'm guessing this would be a hit. I'll have to give it a go.

  2. Marie I love pavlova and this is geourgeous,.have a lovrly day hugss!:)

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  4. I'm sure he will love it Claire!


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