Thursday, July 28, 2011

Cheeky cherry pavlovas and a Geordie joke - recipe

A Geordie is having tea with the Queen.  She says "Will you have a
cream cake or a meringue?"
He replies "Nah, ya not wrang pet, ah'll have a cake!"

I have to admit, I didn't get this joke on first telling but Marc (a bona fide Geordie) thought it was absolutely hilarious, so I thought I'd share.

I've been doing some research into the difference between a meringue and a pavlova.  Opinion seems to be split, so I'm not entirely clear...  Some say that the difference is that a meringue is solid and dry throughout, whereas a pavlova is crisp on the outside and squidgy in the middle.  In which case, these are most definitely pavlovas.

I used Nigella's recipe, which worked well, although I found you have to whisk the eggs more than she recommends.  My version below.  I topped my pavlovas with whipped cream, sweet, juicy cherries and a sprig of mint from the garden.  You can use any fruit you fancy.

Ingredients (makes approx 12 mini pavlovas):
4 large egg whites
Pinch of salt
250g caster sugar
2 teaspoons cornflour
Few drops of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

1 or 2 baking trays (depending on size) lined with baking parchment


Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas mark 4.

Whisk the egg whites with the salt until stiff. Gently add in the sugar, spoonful by spoonful, whilst still beating. Sprinkle the cornflour, a few drops of vanilla and the vinegar on top and fold in to combine.

Draw small circles on the baking parchment - I used a highball glass.  Use a dessert spoon to dollop the meringue mix onto the baking parchment, using the circles as a guide.  Make indentations in the middle of each meringue with the back of the spoon.

Place in the oven, turn it down to 150ºC/gas mark 2, and bake for 30 minutes. Turn the oven off and leave them in for another 30 minutes, then take out of the oven to cool.**

Top with whipped cream and fruit and serve.

**Once cool, the pavlovas keep well for 2-3 days in an airtight container.





  1. Lovely recipe, but I really don't get the joke, not at all. Even tried saying it with a Geordie accent. Is it cryptic? lol. Anyway nice looking blog. :) @tastes_of_italy

  2. Ha ha - i think you have to be Geordie to appreciate it! So, 'a meringue' is supposed to sound like 'am i wrang' (wrong)... i guess a joke's not that funny if you have to explain it - oops!


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