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Griddled peach pavlova with mascarpone cream

Griddled peach pavlova with mascarpone cream

Ingredients

  • peach juice drink 300ml (we used Granini)
  • white rum 50ml
  • mint leaves a handful
  • basil leaves a handful

GRIDDLED PEACHES

  • white wine 100ml
  • moscatel vinegar 50ml
  • caster sugar 75g
  • peaches 6 ripe, stones removed and quartered

PAVLOVA

  • egg whites 6
  • caster sugar 300g
  • cornflour 1 tsp
  • white wine vinegar 1 tsp

MASCARPONE CREAM

  • mascarpone 350g
  • caster sugar 75g
  • double cream 500ml

Method

  • STEP 1

    To prepare the peaches, put the white wine, moscatel vinegar and caster sugar into a small pan and gently heat until the sugar has dissolved. Put the peach quarters into a bowl and pour over the hot liquid. Cover to steep for 4 hours while you make the pavlova.

  • STEP 2

    Heat the oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Put the egg whites into a large, clean bowl and use electric beaters to whisk until light and fluffy. Gradually add the sugar, while whisking, 1 tbsp at a time, until the mixture holds stiff peaks and is shiny and glossy. Carefully whisk in the cornflour and white wine vinegar. Spoon the mixture in a large circle (approximately 28cm in diameter) on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and make a large dip in the middle. Put in the oven and turn the heat down to 140C/fan 120C/gas 1. Bake for 1 hour 50 minutes and then turn off the heat and let the pavlova cool in the oven with the door ajar, for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and cool completely.

  • STEP 3

    Pour the peach juice through a fine sieve into a wide pan with the rum and 100ml of the peach pickling liquid, and reduce over a medium heat until syrupy.

  • STEP 4

    Put the cool pavlova base onto a serving plate and whisk the mascarpone, sugar and double cream together using electric beaters until the mixture holds soft peaks.

  • STEP 5

    Heat a griddle pan to high and drain the peaches. Griddle for 1-2 minutes, cut-sides down, or until they have deep charred marks on them.

  • STEP 6

    Spoon the mascarpone cream onto the base of the pavlova, pile on the charred peaches, drizzle with the peach syrup and scatter with mint and basil. Serve immediately.