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This recipe for pavlova, a light meringue dessert, comes courtesy of actor Geoffrey Rush.

  • Servings: 6

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May Spring 2007


  • 4 large egg whites, room temperature
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons white-wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream, whipped
  • 10 passion fruits, for serving (optional)
  • 4 bananas, for serving (optional)
  • Mixed berries, such as raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, boysenberries, or blackberries, for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Using an 8-inch bowl as a guide, trace the perimeter of the bowl onto a sheet of parchment paper. Transfer parchment paper, pencil side down, to a baking sheet. Set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites and salt together until glossy peaks form. With mixer running, add sugar in three additions, beating until meringue is stiff and glossy. Sprinkle in cornstarch, vinegar, and vanilla; gently fold to combine.

  3. Mound the meringue in the center of the 8-inch circle. Using a spatula, evenly spread meringue out towards the edges. Transfer baking sheet to oven and immediately reduce the temperature to 250 degrees. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

  4. Turn off oven and let meringue cool completely in oven. When meringue is cool and completely dry, top with whipped cream and desired fruits.

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  • jensturdivant77
    11 MAY, 2017
    Have made this recipe 3 times and it's a HUGE hit every time. I follow this recipe to the letter and it comes out perfect.
  • phmacrae
    13 MAR, 2017
    When making merengue, Should the eggs be cold? Or room temperature?
  • loveandlightkitchen
    21 AUG, 2014
    I made this with 6 egg whites and it was Amazing! What a gorgeous dessert and a crowd-pleaser! Find my version here
  • KiwiKrafter
    25 JUN, 2009
    You can substitute white wine vinegar with normal vinegar for this receipe. We always make pavs this way.
  • farahazwati
    25 MAR, 2009
    Hi everyone, would really appreciate if someone could help me with this.. what can i substitute the white-wine vinegar with?
  • claudiapas
    5 JUL, 2008
    I hate that gwen too. But I love Geoffrey Rush and it is really cool to watch him with Martha. He and his Pavlova are worth 30 seconds of that g.s. Pavlova with banana and passion fruit is just fantastic.
  • alina_purcelea
    8 DEC, 2007
    this crazy clip of Gwen Stefani doesnt allow me to see the clip with the Pavlova recipe... I hate this Gwen Stefani clip!!!!!!