This is a bit of nostalgia for me–weird camera angles and odd framing (which still persist to this day), it was this pavlova that I made around one year ago. I never got around to posting it at the time, but after my one year anniversary post it seems a fitting flashback.
We do not have an excess of marvellous farmer’s (farmers’?) markets here. They come in a couple varieties: there are ones that are open all year round with who-knows-what in the winter, and others that are open only every summer — and most of the indoor markets do come with an outdoors summer extension. But it can be a bit hit and go.
They all have their merits though. Some are better for boreks and breads and pastries, others for sausage and venison and slow roasted meats, others for more unusual heirloom vegetable varieties, and others for buying cabbages and potatoes en masse.
That day I had been volunteering at a very small farmers market and then impulsively bought some fruit before leaving: the lone box of white currants and a heavy carton of apricots, just ripe.
I ate apricots on my walk to the station, throwing the pits into the grass along the side of the road. The whole thing felt so poetic a way of littering in my head, but I was probably just being a nuisance.
The remaining apricots that I brought back were gradually eaten over the week and put into this pavlova.
I really wanted to keep the white currants on their stems for aesthetics, like elegant strings of pearls. But in the end my practicality won out (but not before I snapped a couple of photos).
I remember very clearly welcoming the tartness of the white currants as the meringue was very, very sweet (nowadays I would cut down on the sugar a little bit as I did in this roasted rhubarb and black plum pavlova). Otherwise it was a refreshing pavlova, replete with fresh fruit, a bit of floral orange blossom water and some orange liqueur in the cream. The outside of the meringue was thin and crisp, and the inside was fluffy and homemade-marshmallow-like, really just how a nice pavlova should be.
I think my favourite way to eat a large pavlova like this is set out a handful of forks and spoons and let everyone eat it together (though I suppose it does depend on your company… keep it to family and close friends!).
I’m bringing this ancient one year-old pavlova (with all the perishable cream and egg and fruit, it doesn’t sound so appetizing anymore, does it?) to Angie‘s Fiesta Friday. This week it is kindly hosted by Jess of Cooking is My Sport and Loretta of Safari of the Mind.
apricot and white currant pavlova
Orange blossom meringue
2 egg whites
1/2 c sugar
3/4 tsp orange blossom water
Whip egg whites until foamy, gradually add sugar and whip until very thick and stiff and glossy. Whisk in the orange blossom water.
Spread into a 5-6″ diameter circle on a piece of parchment paper. Bake at 250F for 1.5 hours.
1/2 c heavy cream
2 tsp Triple Sec or other orange flavoured liqueur
4-6 apricots, sliced
handful white currants
Whip until thick, whisk in the Triple Sec. Spread over the cooled meringue. Top with apricots and currants.