Pavlova can be made one day ahead. Leave on tray and cover with plastic wrap. Keep in a cool, dark place. To remove, peel back lining paper and slide pavlova onto a plate. Sauce can be reheated in the microwave.
6 egg whites, at room temperature
1 1⁄2 cups caster sugar
2 tsps cornflour
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla essence
600ml tub thickened cream, whipped
1⁄3 cup flaked almonds, toasted
WARM STRAWBERRY SAUCE
2 x 250g punnets fresh strawberries, hulled
3⁄4 cup caster sugar
2 tblsps lemon juice
Trace a 20cm x 30cm rectangle onto a sheet of baking paper. Place trace-side down, on a greased, large oven tray.
2 Beat egg whites in large bowl of an electric mixer until soft peaks form. With motor operating, add sugar, 1 tblsps at a time, beating between each addition, until dissolved. Continue to beat for 3 minutes, or until smooth and glossy. Beat in corn our, vinegar and vanilla.
3 Spoon into rectangle on prepared tray. Gently spread to edges.
4 Cook in a very slow oven (120C) for about 1 hour, or until dry and crisp. Turn off oven. Cool pavlova in oven with door ajar for 2 hours. Remove. Cool completely on tray.
5 Meanwhile, make sauce. Place all ingredients in a large frying pan. Stir over a low heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to boil. Boil for about 7 to 10 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Remove. Transfer to a heatproof jug.
6 Just before serving, transfer pavlova to a large plate. Top with cream. Sprinkle with almonds. Serve with warm sauce.