Apple Pavlova

This apple pavlova combines the light and airy texture of meringue with the sweet and tart flavors of apples for a deliciously simple dessert!

To make an apple pavlova, a meringue base is first prepared by whisking egg whites until they are stiff, then gradually adding in sugar until the mixture is glossy and holds stiff peaks. The meringue is then spread out onto a baking sheet or pie dish and baked until it is crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. The meringue is topped with whipped cream, cooked apples, and caramel sauce.

apple pavolva

What is Pavolva?

Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert that is named after the famous Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova. While the exact origin of pavlova is not known for certain, it is widely believed to have been inspired by a similar dessert called a “meringue cake” that was popular in Europe during the early 20th century. The addition of whipped cream and fresh fruit is said to have been a nod to the lightness and grace of Anna Pavlova’s dancing.

The dessert consists of a meringue base that is crisp on the outside and soft and marshmallowy on the inside, topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit, such as strawberries or kiwi. It is often served as a special occasion dessert, such as at Christmas or on birthdays, and has become an iconic part of both Australian and New Zealand cuisine.

How to Make Apple Pavolva

Tips for Whipping Egg Whites

Whipping egg whites to make meringue can be a bit tricky, but with a few tips and techniques, you can achieve great results. Here are some tips for whipping egg whites to make meringue:

  • Start with clean and dry equipment: Make sure your mixing bowl, beaters, or whisk are clean and dry. Any residual grease or moisture can prevent the egg whites from whipping properly.
  • Use fresh eggs: Fresh eggs will whip up better than older eggs. So try to use eggs that are no more than a few days old.
  • Separate the eggs carefully: Make sure to separate the egg whites from the yolks carefully, so that no yolks get mixed in with the whites. Even a small amount of yolk can prevent the egg whites from whipping up properly.
  • Add sugar gradually: Add sugar to the egg whites gradually, one tablespoon at a time, while beating at high speed. This will help the sugar dissolve completely and incorporate evenly into the egg whites.
  • Beat until stiff peaks form: Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Stiff peaks are formed when the egg whites hold their shape and stand up straight when the beaters or whisk are lifted.
  • Avoid overbeating: Be careful not to overbeat the egg whites, as this can cause them to become dry and grainy. Once the egg whites are at the stiff peak stage, stop beating them immediately.
  • Add any additional ingredients gently: If you are folding in any additional ingredients, such as vanilla or lemon juice, do so gently, using a spatula, so as not to deflate the egg whites.

By following these tips, you should be able to whip up egg whites to make a perfect meringue for your desserts.

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apple pavolva

Apple Pavlova


This apple pavlova combines the light and airy texture of meringue with the sweet and tart flavors of apples for a deliciously simple dessert!


  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons corn flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 medium apples
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons caramel sauce
  • 1 cup whipped cream


  1. Place the egg whites in a large metal bowl and start to whisk it with an electric whisk or a stand mixer until it forms soft peaks.
  2. Gradually and slowly, add the sugar as the egg whites are whisked. Keep the mixer on low speed.

  3. Once all the sugar is mixed in properly and dissolved into the egg whites, add the vanilla, sprinkle the corn flour, cream of tartar and salt over the whipped meringue and whisk it once again. The meringue should look thick and glossy and should hold firm peaks.

  4. Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper. Scoop out the whipped meringue in the center of the sheet and start to spread it to give it a circular shape. Don’t flatten it too much.

  5. Bake the meringue in a preheated oven at 230 degrees for 90 minutes. Let it cool completely before assembling.

  6. For the apple topping, take the butter and brown sugar in a pan and place it on medium heat.

  7. Add in the apples, spices, and salt, and cook the apples for a few minutes until they start to soften.

  8. Remove from heat and let it cool completely.

  9. To assemble the dish, place the cooled pavlova on a serving plate.

  10. Add the whipped cream on top and spread it slightly.

  11. Top it with the caramelized apples and drizzle some caramel sauce. You can also scatter some chopped nuts for extra crunch!

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