Curtis Stone's peach and mascarpone smashed pavlova

Finish off your festive feast with this irresistible twist on the classic dessert. Make the pavlova the day before, so all you need to do is whip up the toppings and serve!

12

25m

Note: + 30 mins standing time

1h 30m

Ingredients

  • 4 white or yellow peaches, rm but ripe, pitted, each cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar, divided
  • 1 lemon, rind nely grated, juiced
  • 250g raspberries
  • 250g mascarpone
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) thickened cream
  • 3 sprigs thyme, leaves picked
  • 1 lemon, extra, zested

Smashed Pavlova

  • 6 extra-large Coles Australian Free Range Egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups (330g) caster sugar
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt flakes

Method

STEP 1

To make the smashed pavlova, position a rack in centre of oven and preheat oven to 150°C (130°C fan-forced). Line a 33cm x 45cm rimmed baking tray with baking paper.

STEP 2

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually add the sugar, beating on medium-high speed for 10 mins or until firm glossy peaks form. Beat in vinegar, vanilla and salt. Sift cornflour over the meringue and gently fold in.

STEP 3

Using a large metal spoon, spoon 8 large dollops of meringue onto the prepared tray. Using an offset spatula or palette knife, gently spread meringue into an even layer.

STEP 4

Place the meringue in oven. Immediately reduce temperature to 105°C (85°C fan-forced). Bake for 1 1/2 hours or until meringue is crisp on the outside but has a marshmallow-like centre and puffs ever so slightly. Turn oven off. Prop oven door open with a wooden spoon and leave meringue in oven for 30 mins to cool, then remove from oven and cool completely.

STEP 5

Gently run a palette knife along the edges of the pavlova to loosen from the baking paper. Place another baking tray over the pavlova and invert. Carefully remove paper. Invert the pavlova back into the first tray. Gently lift the corner and break the pavlova into large pieces.

STEP 6

In a large bowl, gently toss peaches with 1/4 cup (55g) sugar, lemon rind and lemon juice. Stand, tossing occasionally, for 30 mins or until juices form.

STEP 7

Meanwhile, in a blender, puree the raspberries with remaining 3/4 cup (165g) sugar until smooth. Push the puree through a fine sieve into a bowl, discarding seeds. Chill raspberry sauce.

STEP 8

In a medium bowl, use a hand-held electric mixer to beat the mascarpone and cream until stiff peaks form.

STEP 9

Arrange pavlova pieces on a platter. Spoon over the mascarpone mixture, raspberry sauce and peach mixture. Top with thyme leaves and lemon zest.

Dietary information

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

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