Vanilla & Summer Fruit Pavlova – A large celebratory pavlova with a crisp and chewy meringue base which is topped with summer fruits, cream and fruit curd. I used a selection of mixed berries with mango and two fruit curds – raspberry curd and passion fruit and mango curd.
Celebrating Baxter’s 150th Anniversary
Although the long summer heat wave seems to have abated in the UK recently, I see that it’s going to hot up again this weekend, which means lots of outdoor dining and light summer puddings again. And what better dessert is there to celebrate summer than a large, celebratory pavlova piled high with seasonal and exotic fruit and berries. Today’s recipe for Vanilla & Summer Fruit Pavlova is exactly that, a large pale golden meringue with a crisp exterior and a chewy, marshmallow interior that is piled high with assorted berries, fruit, cream and a duo of tangy fruit curds. I was asked to create a special recipe for Baxter’s to help celebrate their 150th anniversary, and when they sent me a selection of their products, as soon as I saw their range of delectable fruit curds, I knew that I wanted to develop a special summer dessert using them as part of the main ingredients.
Baxter’s fruit curd range is part of the Audrey Baxter range and comprises: Passion fruit and Mango Curd, Raspberry Curd, Lemon Curd, Orange Curd, Blackcurrant Curd and Rhubarb and Ginger Curd. I decided to play with their raspberry curd and passion fruit and mango curd, both of which married very well with my summer berries and exotic fruit topping for the pavlova. This pavlova recipe is based on my mum’s basic meringue recipe which always produces a crisp meringue with a gooey, chewy and almost marshmallow like inside….as regular readers will know, I lost my mum just under two weeks ago, and this seemed like a wonderful way to pay tribute to her, as well as creating a sumptuous dessert worthy of any 150th anniversary.
I have worked with Baxter’s before, creating recipes for recipe cards that were to be placed in supermarkets, using their beetroot, which they are justly famous for; but they also make fabulous soups, again I am well acquainted with them, as well as chutney, jams, marmalade, sauces, pickles, pickled onions and relishes. Their Gourmet Soup range is fabulous with favourites of mine such as Lobster Bisque with Prawns and Brandy and their delectable Hot Smoked Salmon, Asparagus and Crème Fraiche Soup which would be a great starter for a summer dinner party. For over four generations the Baxter family has been producing some of the UK’s finest soups, preserves, condiments, beetroot and chutney, and to mark their 150th anniversary, they have a number of celebratory activities planned, including their plan to raise £100,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, which is a very worthy cause.
I hope you enjoy my recipe today for Vanilla & Summer Fruit Pavlova, I think it would grace any table for a special anniversary, birthday or for a wedding, engagement or even a graduation or retirement party. The printable recipe card is shared below along with some step-by-step photos of how to assemble this beauteous pud, and please do feel free to use any seasonal fruits or berries you have at your disposal, such as peaches, apricots, pineapple and passion fruit, they would all work well when piled on top of swathes of cream and crisp meringue. Bye for now, I’ll be back next week, and in the meantime, I hope this recipe inspires you enough to make it, do let me know if you do and how it went down with you and your family (and friends) too, Karen
*Paid collaborative work with Baxters*