Vegan Mini Pavlova Cakes

This recipe is definitely not an everyday dessert to make but it is a perfect sweet cloud for any type of special occasion.


It is such an amazing classic dessert into a serving size shape and all vegan of course!


The pavlova, that airy dessert made from crisp meringue shell topped with whipped cream and fruit, is quintessentially Australian—at least according to the Australians.


New Zealanders would beg to disagree.


Something of a sibling rivalry exists between the two countries, and they love to squabble over who gets credit for anything from Russell Crowe to a racehorse named Phar Lap. One of their longest-running disputes is over the origin of the pavlova, or “pav,” as both sides affectionately call it. Australians say they invented the recipe; New Zealanders say they did. In reality, they’re probably both wrong.


The pavlova is named after the famed Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, who toured Australia and New Zealand in 1926. As the New Zealand story goes, the chef of a Wellington hotel at the time created the billowy dessert in her honor, claiming inspiration from her tutu. Australians, on the other hand, believe the pavlova was invented at a hotel in Perth, and named after the ballerina when one diner declared it to be “light as Pavlova.”


And even on the other side of the world, the first published “pavlova” recipe had nothing to do with meringue. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, this first mention of a dessert called pavlova appeared in a 1927 cookbook called Davis Dainty Dishes, put out in New Zealand by the Davis Gelatine company. But that recipe is for a multi-layered jelly, so it does little to settle the debate. New Zealanders, however, claim any pavlova recipe is proof enough that they invented pavlova, and that recipes for the meringue pavlova appeared on their little island soon after. Australians counter that: Even if New Zealanders get credit for the name, an Aussie chef is responsible for inventing the true pavlova we know today, they say.


But the most recent research, by Dr. Andrew Paul Wood and Annabelle Utrecht (a New Zealander and an Australian, respectively), suggests that the true pavlova has roots in Germany and America. Last year, after a solid two years of digging through old recipes, the duo told the Australian website Good Food that they had found somewhere over 150 recipes for meringue-based cakes that look an awful lot like pavlova, all published before Anna Pavlova even arrived down under in 1926!


One of the first pavlova-like recipes Wood and Utrecht found is for a meringue, cream, and fruit torte called the Spanische Windtorte, much loved by the Austrian Habsburgs of the 18th century. They also found similar torte recipes among those brought to America by the German immigrants who settled in the Midwest. Particularly with the invention of the hand-cranked egg beater in the late 1800s, these and other meringue recipes seem to have become hugely popular among American housewives.


Wood and Utrecht believe the pavlova recipe as we know it may have traveled to Australia and New Zealand on the back of a cornstarch box. Unlike French meringue cookies, pavlova meringue often incorporates cornstarch, which gives it a marshmallow-y interior. So, as such companies are wont to do to this day, an American cornstarch manufacturer put a recipe for a dessert similar to pavlova on its packaging and began exporting to New Zealand.


In the end, neither New Zealand nor Australia can really claim to have birthed the pavlova: They didn’t invent the recipe, and they weren’t even the first to name a dessert after the dancer (Wood and Utrecht found a recipe for "strawberries Pavlova" dating from 1911). But one of them was probably the first to put the name to that recipe, and both of them deserve the credit for keeping this dessert alive and well while all the other dishes named Pavlova didn’t make it past the era when a ballerina was the biggest star in the world.*source



Let's jump straight to the recipe!


Prep: 40 min

Cook time: 1 hr 30 min

Level: medium

Servings: 24 portions

Calories per serving: 84 kcal

Find the recipe & nutrition facts below :



Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup aquafaba (350 ml)

  • 1 3/4 cup sugar (370 gr)

  • 1 tbsp vinegar

For the Cream:

  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk (fat 17-20%)

  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp (80 gr.) coconut butter (solid)

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1/4 cup sugar (40 gr.)

  • 2 tsp tapioca flour (or cornstarch)

  • 1/2 tsp agar

For the Decoration:

  • fresh strawberries

  • fresh blueberries



Method:

Step 1: In a large mixing bowl add aquafaba and sugar.

Step 2: Start whisking with electric mixer on medium speed and whisk for around 15-20 minutes until you have harp peaks, then add 1 tbsp of vinegar and whisk one more time.

Step 3: Preheat oven to 100C.

Step 4: In a piping bag add the mix. And pipe on a baking paper small nests. Bake them for around 1h and 30 minutes. or until the meringue is completely dry to touch.

Step 5: Make the cream by placing all of the ingredients for it in the cooking pan on medium heat. Bring to boil, mixing frequently and cook for a few more minutes. Remove from the heat. Let it cool down completely. Place in the freezer for at least 15-20 minutes.

Step 6: Let's assemble our cakes. Add the cream into a piping bag and cover with the cream each meringue and decorate with fresh strawberries and blueberries. Serve immediately.

*this recipe makes a huge amount of meringues and pavlova's cakes, feel free to cut the recipe in half if you are not waiting for guests to come around.



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