Classy berry pavlova

A whole pavlova topped with mixed berries.
This is an indulgent pavlova with mascarpone cream and fresh berries topped with toasted sliced almonds. The base is a classic Kiwi pavlova recipe, crunchy on the outside and marshmallowy on the inside.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 6 people




  • Pavlova: Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Using a stand mixer, beat egg whites and sugar on maximum speed for 10 minutes or until thick and stiff peaks form when you lift the mixer head.
  • Combine white vinegar, vanilla paste and cornflour in a small bowl and add to the egg whites. Beat for another 4 minutes, or until the meringue is very thick and glossy.
  • Place a sheet of non-stick baking paper on a tray and trace a 20cm circle onto the paper. Use small dabs of meringue mixture to fix the paper to the tray.
  • Spoon meringue onto the tray to within 2 cm from the circle edge and smooth the top.
  • Place in the preheated oven. Immediately reduce temperature to 100°C and bake for 1 hour. Turn the oven off and leave the pavlova in the oven until completely cool (at least 2 hours or overnight).
  • Mascarpone Cream*: Place the mascarpone in a large bowl. Mix in vanilla paste. Gently fold in the softly whipped cream.
  • Dress the pav: Pile mascarpone cream on top of pavlova. Arrange berries and scatter with toasted almonds. Dust with icing sugar.
  • Serve with extra whipped cream to indulge. Merry Christmas!


*Cook’s tip: This recipe uses unsweetened cream but, if you prefer a sweeter cream, add some caster sugar to the mascarpone with the vanilla and beat until the sugar has dissolved.
Keyword vegetarian
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Once you’ve mastered the art of the perfect pavlova, experiment with toppings like we did here with this tropical pavlova.

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