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Pavlova for Pavlova

When I heard that today was the day famous prima ballerina Anna Pavlova, died in 1931 I thought it was high time I try and make the dessert that was named after her: the pavlova (wouldn't it just be so cool to have a dessert named after you?! The only thing better would be having a Marc Jacobs designed handbag named after you. I'll settle for either!). The history behind the dessert is full of conflict: both Australia and New Zealand claim they invented the meringue cake with fresh fruit garnish. It was named after the ballerina because she was performing in the area at the time of its initial creation. The outside of the cake is crisp meringue, the inside gooey marshmallow, and the top decadently covered with whipped cream and fresh fruit. To make the pavlova in honor of Pavlova,


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mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
:DROOL: my whipping cream nv comes out as pretty as the pictures, nor as firm! maybe i can cheat by using the ready-made whipped creams? :P
kiddylnd kiddylnd 10 years
This looks super nummy! I can't wait to make it. I've got friends having a combo open house/ one year wedding anniversary tea that this would go great at.
riotgeek riotgeek 10 years
In Australia, it is a very popular dessert to make on Australia Day, January 26th each year - that's Australia's national holiday. Some people make it with sliced strawberries, kiwi fruit and passionfruit on the top, but I like it "plain" best - with sliced strawberries on top only.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
That's so pretty! It looks light and refreshing.
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