Cape Gooseberry Pavlova

Cape Gooseberry Pavlova – Candy Coated Culinista

If there is one item that is on this blog in many different manifestations; besides a banana bread is definitely pavlova. I totally fess up to being obsessed with this dessert and I just can’t stop. I am always so eager and will always try a new pav recipe to see if I can find a new and better meringue.

Yield/Serving: 8
Prep Time: 30 min.
Cook Time: 2 hours, or until meringues are dry
Difficulty level is: Medium

From Sweet by Ottolenghi & Goh


• Egg whites from 3 eggs
• 1/8 tsp salt
• ¼ tsp cream of tartar
• 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
• 400g gooseberries husked and halved
Toffee Cape Gooseberries
• 8 gooseberries, papery husk intact
• ¼ cup plus 1 tbsp granulated sugar
Yoghurt Cream
• 2/3 cup plain Greek yoghurt
• ¾ cup plus 2 tbsp heavy cream
• Scraped seeds of ¼ vanilla pod
• 1 ½ tbsp honey
• 2 ½ tbsp. confectioners’ sugar
• confectioners’ sugar for dusting


1. Preheat oven to 275°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Make eight circles about 8 cm wide, so there are sixteen circles in total.
3. Flip paper over so drawn on side is face down; but still visible.
4. Using an electric mixer with the whisk attachment place egg whites and salt and whisk at medium-high speed until frothy.
5. Add cream of tartar and continue to beat until soft peak form.
6. Now add sugar a tablespoon at a time until the mixture is thick and glossy.
7. Place mixture into a piping bag and pipe meringue or spoon onto circles and using a spatula form the circle, ensuring they are not taller than 1 cm thick.
8. Bake for 2 hours or until the meringues are dry.
9. Turn off the oven and let the meringues remain inside until they are completely cool.
10. Once cooled remove from the oven and set aside.
1. Peel back the husk from the gooseberries; but leave them attached and set aside.
2. Place sugar into a saucepan over medium-high heat and cook without stirring until the sugar melts and begins to brown around the edges.
3. Tilt and swirl until all the sugar melts evenly, and the sugar turn an amber colour.
4. Remove from the heat tilt pan and dip gooseberries into the toffee. Be extremely careful not to burn yourself. Let excess toffee drip away and place on a baking sheet or plate and set aside.
Yoghurt Cream
1. Using the electric mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk the yoghurt, heavy cream, vanilla, honey and confectioners’ sugar.
2. Keep in the fridge until needed.

1. Place a small dollop of yoghurt cream onto each serving plate.
2. Place meringue flat side down and add more yoghurt cream to the top of the meringue followed by the halved gooseberries and then top with another meringue flat side down. (making a sandwich)
3. Dust the tops of the meringue with confectioners’’ sugar and place one toffee dipped gooseberry atop the mini pavlova. Ensure you assemble as close to serving time as possible as the meringues will soften.

• Use a piping bag if desired to make meringue circles. (A piping bag isn’t required)
• Meringues can be made up to 3 days in advance and stored in an airtight container, layered between sheets of parchment paper.
• Toffee and yoghurt cream can only be made no more than 2 hours in advance.
• To cut some sugar don’t dust the tops of the meringues with confectioners’ sugar or add confectioners’ sugar to the yogurt cream.
• Gooseberries in North America will be found as physalis, ground cherries or golden berries. It’s all the same family of husked small marbles sized orange fruits.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
The pavlova was marshmallowy in the centre and crispy on top. I wasn’t fond of the colour; which was a little tan due to the cook time. The cook time was way off for me as I didn’t require anything near the 2 hours, so I pulled mine out at the 1 hourish mark. Usually I get a tan meringue when I add vanilla extract; but this was not the case here and it still had a tint. Now while this isn’t my favourite meringue recipe by any means, the circular meringues and toffee really peaked my interest and made this a restaurant worthy dessert. Not to mention a favourite fruit of mine, the gooseberry or in my neck of the woods the physalis, ground cherries or goldenberry was in play. I also enjoyed the addition of greek yoghut to the whipped cream as it added a nice tang that cut the sweet. This book has three different pavlova recipes so as they say on to the next.

Cape Gooseberry Pavlova – Candy Coated Culinista

Date Night Cookies – My Signature Cookie

Date Night Cookies - Candy Coated Culinista

Date Night Cookies – Candy Coated Culinista

I have a signature cookie! My signature cookie came about because I had a lot of ingredients I wanted to use up and a failed caramel recipe to re-purpose. It was my first attempt making caramel and the outer edges became caramel but the interior was too hard. I renamed my caramel to toffee and chopped up some pieces for my new cookie, along with some pretzels hanging around and taking up my precious cupboard space. Today I decided to get creative and here is my signature cookie.

Yield/Serving: approx. 18 cookies
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

• 225g (8 oz) dark chocolate 70% cocoa
• 4 tbsp unsalted butter
• 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 tbsp cocoa powder
• ½ tsp baking powder
• ½ tsp baking soda
• ½ tsp kosher salt
• 2 eggs
• ¾ cups turbinado sugar
• 2 tsp vanilla extract try another one (pear??)
• ¼ cups semisweet chocolate chips
• ½ cup creamy peanut butter
• ¼ cups powdered sugar
• 1¼ cup pretzel pieces
• ½ cup toffee bits

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
3. Melt chocolate and butter in the microwave using a microwave-safe bowl and let cool.
4. In a separate large bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
5. In a medium sized bowl beat the eggs, sugars and vanilla until fluffy, by hand.
6. Slowly add in the melted chocolate mix and then slowly add the flour mixture until just combined.
7. Fold in the chocolate chips, peanut butter, powdered sugar, pretzels and toffee.
8. Scoop into balls and place on the parchment paper,
9. Bake for 8-9 minutes on the center of the rack in two batches.
10. Let cool on a wire rack.

• Place pretzels in a baggie and crush with a rolling pin.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
These were great and looked like an actual cookie without me following someone else’s recipe. I also like that I didn’t have to bring out the mixer, sometimes I really just don’t want to get that thing out. I was hoping my first cookie creation would have been a non –chocolate cookie, as I am not fond of chocolate, but I am now realizing I make a great chocolate cookie. It was rich, flavourful and I could detect all the ingredients I put in.

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