This Summer Berry Pavlova is a great dessert recipe for anyone who is gluten intolerant. It only contains egg white,  lots of sugar and a little cornflour and white wine vinegar. Serve it with whipped cream or creme fraiche and the best summer berries you can get your hands on.

In this recipe I outline a few tips I have learnt over the years to hopefully help you get a great meringue. You will need a hand mixer or machine to make this unless have very strong wrists and a lot of time. Little hand held whisks can be bought for very little money.

The big taste advantage of making your own meringue is that you get a chewy inside. In the shop bought alternatives these are very dry and crumbly to eat. This recipe needs a bit of patience but is definitely worth the wait.

In a lot of recipes you have to separate eggs. This is a great way to use up egg whites. If you don’t have 3 spare egg whites use a ratio of the amounts for the volumes you have and make mini meringue nests instead rather than a big one as shown in the recipe here. You do not have to use the egg whites on the day they have been separated. They can be kept up to the time of the original use by date on the egg or 3 weeks! Put them in a container and cover them with cling film and store in the fridge. I have a macaron cook book and in there it talks about using 3 day old “aged” eggs. These are eggs that have been separated and stored for 3 days in the fridge. So we needn’t ever throw them away again. Leave them to return to room temperature before using. Egg yolks will only keep for 3 days in the fridge, again cover them with cling film. My mum always used to Creme Caramel or Custard tarts with her left over egg yolks.  I used mine to make an easy vanilla custard, this ended up in my Rhubarb and Custard cake but could be used to make Portuguese Custard tarts instead.

The dessert Pavlova was inspired by the Russian Ballerina Anna Pavlova. She went on Tour to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920’s  and the two countries have been arguing over who really invented the dish. It is a great one.

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