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Hi Bold Bakers!
I love that pavlova is becoming more and more popular around the world! It’s one of my favorite desserts. With a marshmallow-like center and crunchy exterior, it’s hard not to fall in love!
This Christmas Wreath Pavlova is a festive twist on my traditional pavlova. (Be sure to check out my 5 Simple Steps to Making The Perfect Pavlova too!) This Christmas wreath-looking dessert is popular around the holidays in Australia and New Zealand. I love to decorate it using lovely red and green colors for Christmas, in the form of yummy strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate seeds, and mint leaves.
With just a few simple ingredients you probably already have at home, this recipe will give you an elegant and absolutely out-of-this-world tasting dessert! The best part? This can be made five days ahead, so you’re free to enjoy more time with family! My Bold Baking Holidays Worldwide series — where I’m sharing lovely holiday recipes from around the world — is now in full swing! Check my Holiday Baking Headquarters for the full list!
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What Is Pavlova?
Pavlova is essentially a big meringue! It’s made of whipped egg whites, sugar, and an acidic ingredient — I use white vinegar, which helps stabilize the egg white foam, keeping your mixture from splitting. Unlike store-bought meringues, this homemade pavlova is anything but “chalky.” It has a satisfyingly crunchy exterior, with an unbelievably airy and light interior.
What You Need To Make Christmas Wreath Pavlova
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Parchment paper
- Baking sheet
- Electric stand mixer or hand mixer
- Mixing bowls
How To Make Christmas Wreath Pavlova
For such an elegant dessert, it’s hard to believe it only takes a few minutes to whip together — most of the time is spent in the oven and letting it cool! Here is how you make Christmas Wreath Pavlova (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below):
- Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C). On a piece of parchment paper, draw a 12-inch (30cm) circle — this will be your guide on where to place your pavlova! Turn it over and place it on a baking sheet.
- Using either an electric stand mixer or a hand mixer, whip the egg whites in a clean bowl for about 2 minutes on low speed until bubbles start to form.
- Once bubbles start to form, turn the machine up to a medium-high speed and continue to whip until the egg whites start to reach soft peaks. This should take about 2-3 minutes.
- Slowly add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until all of the sugar is incorporated. The egg whites’ volume will double in size and get shiny.
- Once all the sugar has been added, add in the cornflour (cornstarch) and the vinegar. Continue to mix for 2 more minutes and then shut off the mixer.
- Using a large spoon, dollop the meringue around the circle you drew on the parchment paper, leaving a hole in the middle, just like a Christmas wreath.
- Turn the preheated oven down to 250°F (125°C) and bake the pavlova for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Then, turn off the oven but leave the pavlova inside for it to dry out. This should take at least 3 hours — I leave mine inside overnight.
- When ready to serve, spoon whipped cream over the top of the pavlova. Top with quartered strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and pomegranate seeds. Dot the mint leaves around the wreath for a beautiful presentation! Enjoy straight away!
Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Christmas Wreath Pavlova
- Use room temperature egg whites. Warmer eggs whip faster than cold eggs!
- Measure egg whites in grams for complete accuracy. Each large egg white weighs 40g each.
- You can make this pavlova up to 5 days in advance! Keep it covered in a cool, dry place until ready to serve, then add your whipped cream and toppings!
- Extra egg whites? Freeze them in a Ziploc bag and use them for making a quick pavlova in the future!
- For a more traditional pavlova, top with kiwi, strawberries, and passion fruit.
- Vinegar helps to stabilize the eggs. Be sure to use just plain white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
How Do I Store Christmas Wreath Pavlova
Once you have topped your pavlova with whipped cream and fruit, you should enjoy it right away, as your pavlova will start to absorb the moisture from the toppings. However, leftover pavlova will keep in your refrigerator for up to 2 days. You can also make this recipe 5 days in advance! Just be sure not to add your toppings until serving!
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Full (and printable) recipe below!