Cheat’s choc-cherry pavlova stack

Blow your guests away this Christmas with a stunning pavlova stack. It’s easy to do and tastes every bit as good as it looks.

12

15m

Note: + Cooling time

15m

Ingredients

  • 500g cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup (75g) caster sugar
  • 200g dark chocolate, melted
  • 300ml thickened cream
  • 3 Coles Meringue Nests
  • Cherries, to serve
  • Mixed berries, to serve

Poached cherries

  • 500g cherries, pitted
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) cherry brandy or orange juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick or quill
  • 2 whole star anise

Method

STEP 1

To make the poached cherries, combine cherries, sugar, brandy or orange juice, cinnamon and star anise in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 mins or until sugar dissolves and cherries are just tender. Use a slotted spoon to transfer cherries to a heatproof bowl. Bring syrup in the pan to the boil. Cook for 5 mins or until syrup thickens slightly. Set aside to cool.

STEP 2

Use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese and sugar in a bowl until well combined. Add the chocolate and beat until just combined. Add the cream and beat until soft peaks form.

STEP 3

Place 1 meringue nest on a serving plate. Spoon over one-third of the cream mixture and top with half the poached cherries. Drizzle with a little syrup. Repeat layering with remaining meringue nests, cream mixture, poached cherries and syrup. Decorate with cherries and berries to serve.

Serve with chocolate curls and icing sugar.

Dietary information

Vegetarian
Gluten-free
Nut-free
Peanut-free
Sesame-free
Soy-free
Wheat-free
Yeast-free

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