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Slablova with Strawberry Curd

Slablova with Strawberry Curd

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Ingredients

6 egg whites (it’s easier to separate eggs when room temp)

1½ cups (330g) caster sugar

1 tablespoon cornflour

1 teaspoon white or malt vinegar

Strawberry curd

250g (1⅔ cups) strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped

185g (¾ cup) caster (superfine) sugar

125g unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1 tablespoon lemon juice

5 egg yolks

To serve

300ml thickened cream

1 teaspoon caster sugar

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 punnet each raspberries and strawberries or fruit in season

20g dark eating quality chocolate, at room temperature

Method

For the pavlova: preheat oven to low (120’C/100°C fan-forced). Line a large baking tray (approx. 40cm x 30cm) with baking paper.
 
Beat egg whites in a clean large bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Only then add caster sugar, a heaped tablespoon or so at a time, beating until dissolved (to test, rub some mixture between finger if too grainy, keep beating until glossy). Then fold in cornflour and vinegar.
 
Turn out onto tray; using a palette knife or spatula, spread the mixture across the baking paper (approx. 30cm x 24cm), building up the sides a little and creating a few tips and dips in the meringue as you go. (A wet spoon, spatula or palette knife helps.)

Bake in very slow oven about 1 ½ hours or until set and dry. Surface should be dry to touch). Turn oven off and prop door ajar with a wooden spoon and cool in oven.

For the curd: Put the strawberries in a small saucepan with the sugar, butter, lemon zest and lemon juice. Stir over low heat until the butter has melted and the sugar dissolved. Simmer gently for 5 minutes, then remove from the heat.

Lightly beat the egg yolks in a large bowl then, stirring constantly, slowly add the strawberry mixture in a thin stream. The mixture will thicken as you add it.

Return to low heat and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Do not allow the mixture to boil or the curd will curdle. Test by running a finger across the back of the spoon to ensure the curd is thick and does not run. Put into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to prevent a skin forming.

To assemble: Whip cream with sugar and vanilla. Spread a small spoon of cream on a flat serving plate.  Place pavlova on top then fill pavlova with curd, cream (ensuring you can still see some of the curd), then berries.  Shave chocolate curls from a block of chocolate using a vegetable peeler.

Recipe courtesy of Lyndey Milan, OAM

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