Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Autumn Fruit Pavlova

Back in spring when the blossoms were bursting, lambs were frolicking and the promise of summer was in the future I reviewed  Provamel Lime and Lemon Balm yogurt and their Green Tea and Apple Yogurt. I was pleasingly surprised by these healthy products.

Mentions of soya, fibre, green tea, health gave me an expectation of good nutrition but did not prepare me for a taste sensation. The lime and lemon was heavenly  a fabulous burst of citrus on the tongue. The sweet and wonderfully distinctive apple and green tea so good, lovely bites of apple pieces and wonderfully light.

As I said back then these taste far too naughty to be healthy, yet they are indeed good for you.

For those with lactose intolerance or cows’ milk protein allergy, soya is dairy-free and as a result, completely suitable to consume. More and more people with and without allergies are including soya in their diet in order to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Now skip past wet soggy summer and we are moving into my favourite season, the leaves turning many shades of golds, coppers and browns. Crisp clear mornings Children back to school, conkers, Halloween soon here.  Talking of Halloween, the vegetables that start to appear, courgettes, pumpkins and all manner of squashes. The gorgeous fruit at this time of year, plums, pears and rhubarb all demanding a place in your menu.

To welcome in autumn, I am attempting (gulps) an Autumn Fruit Pavlova using the Green Tea and Apple yogurt, any autumn inspired fruit flavoured yogurt could be used.

First up I had great fun making a meringue base for the pavlova. I can't believe I've never made one as I thought it might go terribly wrong. 

I kept looking at it in the oven, as I could not quite believe I had made it.

Before cooking

Considering I will happily make a Lemon Meringue it was long overdue. It looked like a real one!!!

I am so proud of my pavlova, so easy to make meringue!

The hard part was leaving it overnight to dry out, I get so impatient and rush things, but I am glad I waited.

Grilling the fruit was a new method as well, I fully intend to do this again as the pear and plums slowly cooking with the sugar and margarine made for a lovely toffee apple smell.
I did add the hazelnuts but after I had taken my piece as I'm not so keen.

The meringue was gloriously gooey in the centre, the fruity taste so good. The yogurt actually made this less cloying than a cream base. You can see the cracks appearing, I actually recommend that you top just before you serve.

There was a noisy crack and it was rather like a landslide as the weight of the fruits took out the middle. This became more the mess than the Eton Mess.

I think the finished result looked very impressive, is actually gloriously simple to make  and very autumnal indeed.
There was complete silence and then just murmurs of loving words for mum and wifey!!
Feeling quite smug!

 Autumnal Fruit Pavlova

Preparation Time: 2 hrs
Cooking Time: 1 ½ hrs
Serves: 6

350g Apple and Green Tea Yogurt
4 egg whites
150g caster sugar
140g light brown muscovado sugar (90g for the pavlova and 50g for caramelising fruit)
1 tsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp corn flour
4 plums
1 pear, sliced
120g blackberries
30g toasted hazelnuts, chopped
60g margarine

Pre-heat over to 120 ºC/250 ºF/Gas Mark ½

Using a large, clean mixing bowl and an electric hand whisk; whisk the egg whites until forming soft peaks. Turn the whisk up to top speed and gradually add in the sugars, a tablespoon at a time, until all incorporated. Gently fold in the corn flour and white wine vinegar.
Spoon the mixture on to a flat baking tray lined with baking parchment, making a circular shape about 25 cm across.

Bake in the oven for 1 ½ hrs. Turn the oven off but leave the meringue in for at least 2 hrs or overnight with the door shut - this allows the meringue to dry out properly.
Cut the plums in half and remove the stones. Place on a baking tray along with the sliced pear, and sprinkle with the remaining 40g muscovado sugar and dot with the soya margarine before placing under a hot grill for 5-10 mins until sticky and soft.
Top the pavlova base with the Apple and Green Tea Yogurt and top with the plums, pears, blackberries and toasted hazelnuts.


    1. OMG that autumn fruit pavlova looks AMAZING! I love making meringues - they always look impressive.

    2. Ooh that pavlova looks gorgeous Jo! I would have never thought to make an Autumn fruits one! Great idea :)

    3. This is a great ingredient - thanks for another idea of how to use it!


    4. Looks so yummy and nicely done! Such a shame i am a terrible cook, damn it!!

    5. Brilliant! I love the look of that meringue so much I am going to try making one! I saw the meringues the cooks were making on Great British Bake Off and thought they looked impossible, but what the hey its worth a go!xx
      Love, Katie Fisher x @griffincomps on twitter x

    6. My tip's a very grease free very clean bowl, eggs at room temperature and I used an electric whisk.

      It is so so easy, but I have never seen a autumn fruit one, this is making me hungry. Now wheres my coat?

    7. I'm not that good when it comes to baking but after reading through this and seeing your results I would love to give this a go!

    8. Oh wow! The recipes look SO good! Thanks for the review. I've never made a meringue but might try it!

    9. I won't be making the meringue as I'm vegan, have been for over thirty years, but I would recommend anyone tried these yoghurts though they are so tasty you may just eat the whole pot in one go, as I did, and not get the chance to make any recipes!

    10. I remember you tweeting this it looks fab Jo!Never thought of using yogurt like this. My son loves pavlova and i usually buy it but now may try and make it as you have inspired me x

    11. Simply delicious, those recipes look absolutely fab. Time to empty the supermarkets of Provamel methinks ;)

    12. Love the food! You’re amazing. This menu is fantastic:) It sure will help everyone who’s looking for a perfect menu like this. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    13. Love the food! You’re amazing. This menu is fantastic:) It sure will help everyone who’s looking for a perfect menu like this. Thank you for sharing this recipe.