The musings of a final year medical student

Tuesday, 9 August 2016


I love baking. I think I love cooking savoury dishes more, but there is nothing better than a homemade pud. I was scrolling through YouTube for culinary inspiration and saw Nigella Lawson's lemon pavlova. I was sold. I have now made the pav (as Nigella calls it) twice and have made my own tweaks. Here is the link to the original recipe

This was the first time I have made meringue and I was very nervous! I looked online for tips, in order to get it right first time and not waste loads of eggs. Below are the tips I used which seemed to work very well:

- Only use equipment that is being used for making the meringue that is metallic or glass. Wood and plastics tend to hold onto fat more easily, and the best meringues have the least fat as possible. 

- Once you have selected your metallic/glass equipment, wipe all their contact to mixture surfaces with cider vinegar. Your equipment may look perfectly clean, but a wipe over with kitchen roll soaked in the vinegar will wipe away any traces of fat. 

- To decide when to add the sugar, look for meringue mixture peaks that wilt and droop, falling off the whisk. Add sugar one teaspoon at a time. The meringue is ready when the whisk can hold a bolus of the meringue firmly without it dropping down into the bowl. 

- Nigella's recipe recommended an oven temperature of 150 degrees Celsius. However, I did mine in a fan oven at 100 for 1 hour, and then turned off the heat and let the meringue sit in the oven for a further hour. This creates a meringue with a delicate, crispy outer and a thick mallow-y centre. 

- Once you have cooked your meringue, allow it to gradually cool down to room temperature. Leave in the oven with heat off as long as possible, then with the oven door open, then on top of the oven. Do not move it suddenly to a cool area, as your meringue could collapse. 


1 comment

  1. Looks delicious! I'm also a bit nervous about meringue, although it isn't actually too difficult. These are really useful tips though :)
    Jennifer x
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