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Strawberry pavlova with a hint of ilma zahar

Serves 12



  • 6 egg whites
  • 350g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp corn flour
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp ilma zahar (orange blossom water)


  • 300ml fresh whipping cream
  • 500g strawberries, mixed with 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp extra sugar and some sifted icing sugar


  1. With an electric beater, whisk the egg whites until stiff.
  2. Add the sugar a third at a time and continue to beat until stiff and glossy.
  3. Sift the corn flour over the surface, and sprinkle over the vinegar and orange blossom water and fold into the mixture with a metal spoon.
  4. When thoroughly combined, spoon the meringue onto your round shape baking parchment on the baking tray.
  5. Hollow out the centre slightly and then bake in a low oven at 140C for 45 mins. Allow to get cold in the oven (preferably overnight), then turn upside down, carefully peel off parchment and turn back onto a large serving tray.
  6. Beat cream till stiff, add the extra sugar and mix in with the fruit.
  7. Just before serving fill the pavlova with the cream mixture and sprinkle sifted icing sugar over the top.

Get more of Pippa Mattei’s recipes in her books Pippa’s Festa and 25 Years In A Maltese Kitchen.

This recipe first appeared on Gourmet Today TV, aired on TVM on 17 April, 2015.


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