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Pavlova with greek yogurt, roasted apricots & pistachios

Pavlova with greek yogurt, roasted apricots & pistachios

The mornings are already cooler, but we are still enjoying warm afternoons outdoors with friends - so pavlova has got to be on the menu. This recipe is really great for an end of summer BBQ as all the elements can be prepped in advance and simply put together just before you want to serve it. The refreshing, lightly sweetened greek yoghurt cuts through the sweet caramel notes of the brown sugar meringue, and it’s all finished with fragrant, jammy apricots. You’ll be making this one more than once.


Ingredients

For the pavlova
300g / 10 ⅔ oz soft light brown sugar
150g / 5 ⅓ oz egg whites (approx. 5 eggs)

For the greek yoghurt
500g / 10 ½ oz greek yoghurt
30g / scant 2 oz honey

For the roasted apricots
10 apricots, stoned and halved
60g / 2 oz honey
Seeds of 8 cardamom pods, crushed
1 tsp orange blossom water (optional)

To serve
Handful pistachios, roughly chopped

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Preparation
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C / 160°C fan / gas mark 4. Toss the apricot halves with the honey, cardamom and 50ml water. Arrange them cut side up into a baking dish and bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, until softened and slightly jammy but still holding their shape. Remove, set aside, and stir through the orange blossom water if using.
  • Reduce the oven to 140°C / 120°C fan / gas mark 1 and line a large, flat baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or using a hand-held electric whisk, start beating the egg whites at a low speed to form stabilising bubbles, gradually increasing the speed and whisking until stiff peaks form.
  • With the mixer still running, add the sugar one tablespoon at a time, ensuring that the mixture comes back up to stiff peaks each time. Once all the sugar has been added, beat the meringue for a further 5-10 minutes or until the mixture is thick, stiff and glossy.
  • Spoon the meringue into a pile in the centre of your prepared baking tray and carefully spread it out into a circle with the back of a spoon. Make a little well in the center for the filling, but don’t go too wide as you want to keep some height on the base.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for around 1 hour 45 minutes or until the base of the pavlova peels away easily from the greaseproof paper. Turn the oven off and allow it to cool completely in there for at least an hour, or even overnight.
  • When you are ready to serve, mix the greek yoghurt with the honey and spread thickly on top of the pavlova base. Top with the roasted apricot halves and some of their syrup, and finish with a sprinkling of chopped pistachios.
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