Recipe - Summery Mini Pavlovas with a Rose and White Chocolate Cream

June 01, 2017

Meringues make for the best summer puds. So yummy, so easy and with a few berries and a dollop of cream they can look really pretty. Walkers Shortbread have a new range of meringues out and asked me to create some new recipes for the summer. Last Sunday I was on pudding duty for a family BBQ so decided on mini pavlovas with a rose flavoured cream, white chocolate and berries. They were demolished within minutes and I've been craving that delicious rose flavour again ever since! Full recipe below. 

You will need; 
  - a mixture of meringue nests. I used 16 Walkers meringue nests and 10 mini meringues for 20 people. You'll want to allow for 1-2 each.
- Extra thick cream, I used Waitrose half fat extra thick cream. 2 x small pots was enough for the above.
- A mixture of berries. I used strawberries, blueberries and raspberries with extra to serve.
- A couple of drops of rose water 
- A couple of spoonfuls of icing sugar
- White chocolate to curl {optional} 

1. Gather all your ingredients and lay out your meringues onto serving platters. You can make these up ahead of time if you've got room in the fridge, if not just prepare the cream in advance to keep in the fridge and then assemble before serving.

2. Make the cream by stirring the extra thick cream into a bowl. Add 2 spoonfuls of icing sugar per pot of cream {you don't need much as the meringues and berries are sweet already but it makes a plain cream taste better especially with the rose water tint} then dip the end of a teaspoon into the rose water. You don't want to overpower the cream so add a few drops at a time. I literally used about 4 drops per pot of cream so taste it as you go.

3. When ready to assemble, dollop a couple of spoonfuls of cream into each meringue. You can pile it as high as you like! 

4. Then pretty them up with the toppings. I think raspberry works especially well with rose but use whatever you have in season. Strawberries, rhubarb, blackberries, blueberries etc. 

They look pretty with a mixture. 

I then started to curl some white chocolate to add using the back of a knife flat against a block of cooking chocolate. But it was so hot on Sunday when I was assembling them that it kept melting.

For the smaller meringues I added just one berry on top. 

A basic summer's recipe, it's easy peasy but the rose flavour really lifts them and when they're all displayed together they look much more impressive than the effort gone into them! I won't tell if you won't...

The Walker's meringues are so beautifully piped. I've tried to make meringues so many times, they always always end up cracking. 

Serve with a big bowl of fruit and extra cream if you feel they need them. Either alongside other puddings or just on their own after a big summers BBQ. 

I love easy puddings that can be passed around for everybody to dig into. 

What are your favourite summer puds? 

R <3 xx

{This post is sponsored by Walkers but all opinions are 100% my own}

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