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Nectarine and plum pavlova (recipe)

– 300ml double cream
– 150ml white grape juice
– 150g caster sugar
– 3 large eggs
– 2 nectarines
– 2 plums


Separate the large eggs and retain the whites. Whip the double cream into soft peaks. Slice the nectarines into wedges. Slice the plums into wedges.

1 Heat the oven to 140°C/275°F/gas 1 (120°C for fan ovens).
2 In a large grease-free bowl, whisk the eggs whites to soft peaks.
3 Gradually whisk in the caster sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, until you have a smooth stiff meringue.
4 Dab a little of the meringue onto corners of a baking sheet and line with baking paper.
5 Spread the meringue onto the paper in one 23cm circle per pavlova being made, with a dip in the centre, then use a spoon to create peaks and hollows around the edges for texture.
6 Bake for 1 hour, until crisp on the outside but soft in the centre. Turn off the oven and leave the meringue inside to cool with the door open. Move on to the next step while you wait for the meringue to cool.
7 Meanwhile, put the juice in a pan with 1.5 tbsp sugar per pavlova being made and stir over a low heat until the sugar dissolves.
8 Simmer until reduced by two thirds, then pour into a small bowl to cool.
9 To serve, spoon the cream onto the middle of the meringue, arrange the fruit on top and drizzle with the syrup.



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