Pavlova wreath with passionfruit custard is the perfect summer dessert

Go on, treat yourself! We've given this classic Aussie dessert a tropical twist.
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There’s nothing better summer dessert than Pavlova, and this modern twist on the classic recipe is sure to be a winner these holidays! 

TIP: Custard can be made up to two days ahead. Keep refrigerated. We used a 22cm round cake pan to trace circle onto paper. Any fresh fruit can be used to decorate pavlova.




Trace a 22cm circle onto a sheet of baking paper. Place trace-side down on a greased large oven tray. Lightly grease paper with oil.


Beat egg whites in a large bowl of an electric mixer until frothy. Gradually add sugar, 1 tblsp at a time, beating until dissolved. Continue to beat for 3 to 4 minutes, or until thick and glossy. Beat in corn flour, vinegar and cream of tartar.


Using a large serving spoon, place spoonfuls of meringue mixture (about 1⁄2 cup) onto the circle, side-by-side, on the prepared tray. Make an indent on the top of each one.


Cook in a very slow oven (100C) for about 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until dry and crisp. Turn off oven. Cool pavlova in oven with door open about 15cm for 1 hour. Remove.


Meanwhile, make custard. Combine milk and vanilla in a medium saucepan over a low heat. Stir until hot. Remove. 


Combine sugar and custard powder in a medium heatproof bowl. Gradually whisk in hot milk until combined. Return to same saucepan. Whisk over a medium heat until boiling and thickened. Transfer to a clean heatproof bowl. Stir in passionfruit. Cover surface with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until cold.


Just before serving, beat cream in a small bowl of an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Whisk custard in bowl until smooth. Fold in cream.


Top pavlova with custard, strawberries, passionfruit and mint leaves.

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