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Winter Pavlova Toppings

The Australian dessert known as the pavlova is a reigning, sumptuously decadent meringue-based dessert. With a crispy crust and soft, light inside this popular dessert from down under can be created with the right ingredients to make it the perfect seasonal treat. Top your pavlova with the best delicacies the wintertime has to offer and create an impressively colourful dessert.

Just as important to the pavlova as the perfect merging, is the selection of highlighted fruit topping. Struggling to come up with a noteworthy selection of perfect winter pavlova toppings? How about a soft whipped cream with a rich, blood orange curd? Add to that some winter figs, almonds, or delicious baked rhubarb, and you have a luxurious, winter-ready dessert that is a feast for both the eyes and mouth.

If you are as big a fan of blood orange as we are and don’t want to limit your enjoyment of this delicious winter topping to just your winter pavlova, make more than enough curd and use it to complement other foods. Use the blood orange curd on toast or crackers, with salted butter, inside a delicious Victoria sponge, as a topping for yoghurt, porridge and chia pudding, or in combination with freshly cut fruit. There is no end to what you can use to compliment this delicate, antioxidant-rich, blood orange curd.

For the curd follow the recipe below and enjoy!

Blood orange curd

  • 8 egg yolks
  • 190ml blood orange juice, strained
  • 1 lime juiced
  • ¾ cup (165g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 60g light muscovado sugar
  • 70g cold butter, chopped
  • 2 tsp van essence

To make the blood orange curd, combine the egg yolks, orange juice, lemon juice and sugar to a saucepan over low heat and whisk to combine. Continue cooking on low heat, constantly stirring for 8-10 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat and gradually add the butter, stirring well after each addition. Pour the mixture into a bowl and press some plastic wrap or baking paper onto the surface so it is completely covered. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until thickened.