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Fig, pistachio, and cinnamon pavlova


Serves: 12
timePrep time: 20 mins
timeTotal time:
Fig, pistachio, and cinnamon pavlova
Recipe photograph by Tara Fisher

Fig, pistachio, and cinnamon pavlova

Give your Christmas pavlova a sprinkle of Middle-Eastern magic

Serves: 12
timePrep time: 20 mins
timeTotal time:

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Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
412Kcal
Fat
30gr
Saturates
17gr
Carbs
32gr
Sugars
31gr
Fibre
1gr
Protein
4gr
Salt
0.1gr

Sabrina Ghayour

Sabrina Ghayour

Sabrina has written three bestselling books, including Persiana: Recipes From The Middle East & Beyond and Feasts. As a self-taught cook and food writer, she specialises in colourful dishes in a 'mezze' style, many of which she shares in her cookery classes and pop-up supper clubs. 
See more of Sabrina Ghayour’s recipes
Sabrina Ghayour

Sabrina Ghayour

Sabrina has written three bestselling books, including Persiana: Recipes From The Middle East & Beyond and Feasts. As a self-taught cook and food writer, she specialises in colourful dishes in a 'mezze' style, many of which she shares in her cookery classes and pop-up supper clubs. 
See more of Sabrina Ghayour’s recipes

Ingredients

For the meringue
  • 6 large egg whites
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 1 heaped tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
For the topping
  • 600ml double cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 6 black figs, cut into quarters
  • 75g pistachios, very roughly chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp clear honey
  • a small handful of mint leaves

Step by step

Get ahead

The pavlova base can be made 4-5 days ahead, and kept in an airtight container.

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C, fan 140°C, gas 3. Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks with an electric whisk, or in a stand mixer, then add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until fully incorporated, glossy and stiff. Add the cinnamon, cornflour and vinegar and mix well, continuing to whisk until the mixture is shiny and dense.

  2. Draw a 24cm circle on a sheet of baking paper, then put the paper on the largest baking tray you have, pen-side down. Spread out the meringue mixture to fill the circle, heaping it up slightly at the edges to create a ‘wall’ (you can use a round-bladed knife to create a ridged effect).

  3. Put the meringue in the oven and immediately turn down the temperature to 150°C, fan 130°C, gas 2, and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

  4. Turn off the oven and leave the meringue inside to cool completely, with the door slightly ajar. This prevents cracking.

  5. To serve, whip the cream and vanilla until you get peaks but the cream remains soft and light. Spoon the cream on top of the base and arrange the figs on top. Scatter over the chopped pistachios, then drizzle with honey and scatter over the small mint leaves. Serve immediately.

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